The California coast attracts visitors not only for the aesthetically pleasing ocean views, but also for the glimpse of a bird that puts vultures to shame: the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Although spotting North America’s largest land bird is still a rare occurrence, the chances of seeing this critically endangered bird today are much greater... Continue Reading →
You’ve Waited 11,700 Years. Now it’s Here. Pleistocene Park. Had enough of the Holocene? Sick of talk of the Anthropocene? Have no fear – scientists have come up with the latest, newest, shiniest attraction park for you: Pleistocene Park. Once the experimental version has delivered some interest, some dollars, maybe even some mild signs of... Continue Reading →
Why shouldn’t Europe have a Serengeti or two? This is a question posed by George Monbiot in his 2013 article in the Guardian newspaper. Every continent except for Australia and Antarctica were home to huge populations of Proboscideans, more commonly known as elephants! North America had the Mammoth, South America had their own Mastodon and... Continue Reading →
My B.C.M. classmates and I were sitting on a panoramic hilltop in the New Forest National Park, peering over the endless greenery while Dr Paul Jepson was nearing the end of his talk on the centuries of plunder that this landscape had endured. But how could the natural wealth we were seeing with our eyes... Continue Reading →
The Yellowstone National Park (YNP) grey wolf has had a colourful history. Depending on our circumstances, we both love or hate this animal. The question I ask is, are these feelings warranted or were they formed from the management and governance programs in place around the grey wolf?
There are two sides to every story.
From the past eradication, through to the present social perspectives of love and hate, does the grey wolf have a future in this new world it was reintroduced to?
The grey wolves successful reintroduction
The last pack grey wolf was killed in YNP in 1926. The 70 years following this eradication had detrimental effects on YNP. A number of ecological and biodiversity consequences were being realised because the elk and deer lost their predator.
Yellowstone National Park was dying.
To save YNP, a grey wolf reintroduction programme was designed and implemented as part of…
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