July 2016


100 of the world’s smallest pigs have now been released into the grasslands of Assam.

Critically endangered marmots are being released to Vancouver Island.

Black-footed ferrets were released in Wyoming, while a wolverine turned up again near Truckee, California.

Leopards were released in Russia.

A Queensland council is releasing dingoes onto a Great Barrier Reef island to hunt feral goats.



Plans are underway to return the alligator gar to U.S. waters, partly as a solution to the invasive Asian carp.

New York officials are hoping to attract bats to control mosquito populations. Tony Juniper pointed out that small fish can also subdue their larvae populations. Meanwhile plans are afoot to rewild the state’s Buffalo River.

Malaysia’s largest marine park – Tun Mustapha Park – is a reality after 16 years.

People in Uttar Pradesh broke a world record by planting 49.3 million trees in 24 hours.


While Yellowstone’s grizzlies are under attack from delisting, the Center for Biological Diversity have launched an ad campaign to return the grizzly bear to California.

Meanwhile, a poll found extremely strong support for rewilding grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades.

Big energy and trophy hunting ties have prompted Oglala Siioux Tribe to call for a congressional investigation into grizzly delisting.


Yellowstone Science: Celebrating 20 Years of Wolves.

Despite sheep kills, this Wisconsin farmer is not anti-wolf.

Wisconsin’s wolf population increases to record high.

Wildlife agency expects wolves to soon repopulate Colorado.


“We can’t afford to stop Mexican gray wolf releases.”

Half a million people urge US Fish & Wildlife Service not to abandon red wolves. Recent research has found these predators to be a hybrid of wolves and coyotes.

See also – The role of human-related risk in breeding site selection by wolves.


Catch up on the 13th International Otter Congress.

How sea otters help save the planet.

India are at the heart of illegal otter trade.

Singapore’s celebrity urban otter family.


Five reasons to love beavers.

Call for decision on the future of beavers in Scotland.

Released emails say Scottish farmers are shooting “as many beavers as possible” on Tayside.

Talking Points

A study found that rewilding cougars across the United States would reduce road accidents by creating less deer on the road. The full paper is Socioeconomic Benefits of Large Carnivore Recolonization Through Reduced Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions.

Restoring rivers by busting old dams.

Livestock protection dogs conserve predators.

Scientists say international efforts are needed to saves the world’s megafauna.

Trump’s wall would hurt dozens of species.

Should wild animals that attack people be killed?


China says it will release city rankings by water pollution.

Why insects are declining and why it matters.

World Heritage meeting reveals emerging threats to European sites.

What a decline of biodiversity below “safe” threshold means for Earth.

Co-Adaptation Is Key to Coexisting with Large Carnivores.

Ecosophical Networks: Rewilding Conservation Strategies under the rubric of Geopolitics.

North Korea accuses South Korea of rewilding…

Mini Rewilding

This month I wrote a DIY Rewilding Guide, which raised the interesting question “what size is rewilding?”


Some other examples this month of what might be considered “mini-rewilding” or “urban rewilding” are:

– Buglife’s creation of meadow habitats for pollinators.

– How one person repopulated a rare butterfly species in their backyard.

– How to grow a forest in your backyard.


Rewilding could be the way to save Britain’s farms. 84 groups have demanded that post-Brexit farming subsidies protect nature.

Landowners will debate George Monbiot at a Countryfile event.

The RSPB have called for grouse shooting estates to be licensed, so they can be banned if illegal killing happens (and illegal killing is happening). At the same time, Natural England have issued licenses to exterminate buzzards.

Chris Packham and others are campaigning to ban driven grouse shooting. See more here.



Glenfeshie offers a taste of what a rewilded sports estates could look like, and Rewilding Europe’s project in Western Iberia demonstrates the excitingpotential for ecotourism.

“How Butterfly Farmers Are Safeguarding the Forest in Kenya” is also an interesting read.


In a demonstration of just how much wild lynx avoid humans, an escaped Carpathian lyxn called Flaviu evaded capture for an entire month, living on adiet of rabbits.

Local consultations have begun on plans to introduce 10 Eurasian lynxes to sites in north England and southern Scotland.


The Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into the “future of the natural environment after the EU referendum“, which will focus on “managed rewilding”.

Rewilding is a top priority for young people’s Vision for Nature. A poll also found that almost 9/10 young people think politicians should take care of wildlife and the environment.

A natural flood project won an award and the National Forest celebrated 25 years, while a badger cull that “flies in the face of scientific evidence” is to be expanded.


Dingoes will hunt goats on Pelorus Island.

There is growing support for reintroducing the Tasmanian devil to the mainland.

Eastern quolls are breeding in Canberra for the first time in 80 years.

Josh Frydenberg has replaced the infamous Greg Hunt.


The FAO released their biannual report The State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture, finding:

UN Environment’s Erik Solheim has backed a call to end harmful fishing subsidies.


Mexico have banned gillnets in a last minute attempt to save the vaquita purpose.

During Brexit negotiations, the UK is under pressure to pressure Japan on awhaling ban.

Trophy shark hunting tournaments face growing pressure to reform, especially after an endangered porbeagle shark “won” the Block Island Tournament.


US Navy have been banned from using sonar that harms dolphins and walruses.

According to Janet Street-Porter, “shark incidents are increasing because we are invading their territory“.

Waitrose won’t stock any products with microbeads.

There is a proposed marine national monument at Papahānaumokuākea.

Marine biodiversity needs more than protection.

The Salmon’s Swim for Survival.


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