Rewilding feral horses to reinvigorate grasslands

Rewilding feral horses to reinvigorate grasslands

Until quite recently in human history, and an eyeblink in the history of Earth’s ecologies, wild horses lived across much of the planet. They played significant ecological roles, maintaining grasslands and dispersing nutrients; they were also, as anyone who knows...
How to turn a persecuted pest into an ecosystem engineer

How to turn a persecuted pest into an ecosystem engineer

Among the distinctive ecological characteristics of Anthropocene-era Homo sapiens is a predilection for destroying keystone species: those creatures whose activities create habitat and nourish entire webs of life. Conservationists have tried to reverse this trend,...
Building bridges between conservationists and cat people

Building bridges between conservationists and cat people

Few conservation issues are more polarizing than the impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wild animals, particularly birds. The debate’s extremes can veer between my-sweet-Fluffy-doesn’t-kill! denialism and by-any-means-necessary demonization—but somewhere between...
Are dingoes just feral dogs?

Are dingoes just feral dogs?

Australia’s dingoes are both iconic and shrouded in mystery: were the dogs’ ancestors, introduced to the continent at least 5,000 years ago by unknown Asian seafarers, domesticated? Should modern-day dingoes be considered feral or wild, just another dog or a species...

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