A miraculous transformation. Wild horses transformed a neglected plot of land full of illegal dumping into an exceptionally valuable area

2016 - 12 - 01
A miraculous transformation. Wild horses transformed a neglected plot of land full of illegal dumping into an exceptionally valuable area

Situated on the outskirts of Milovice near Prague in the former military area of the same name, the neglected plot of land was overgrown with weeds two years ago. Today, thanks to the pasture of wild horses and aurochs, the locality is abundant with protected flowers and animals.

The numbers of two of the rarest of species in the local steppe, star gentian and the mountain Alcon blue, have skyrocketed. Scientists counted 226 blooming clumps …

A miraculous transformation. Wild horses transformed a neglected plot of land full of illegal dumping into an exceptionally valuable area
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A large herbivore reserve was visited by experts from the Austrian branch of the worldwide conservation organization WWF today

2016 - 11 - 09
A large herbivore reserve was visited by experts from the Austrian branch of the worldwide preservation organisation WWF today

Representatives of the Austrian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature, better known under the abbreviation of WWF and thanks to a black and white panda in its logo, visited a reserve of large herbivores in the former military area of Milovice today.

Six experts came to get acquainted with the experience of the project which uses wild horses, wisents and backbred aurochs to preserve wild steppes. It has gained international success thanks to …

A large herbivore reserve was visited by experts from the Austrian branch of the worldwide preservation organisation WWF today
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End of conservationist helplessness: large ungulates solve the large non-intervention management paradox

2016 - 10 - 20
End of conservationist helplessness: large ungulates solve the large non-intervention management paradox

Non-intervention management, in which the landscape is left completely to natural processes, was a controversial topic for conservationists for a long time. On the one hand, this approach represents the highest degree of nature conservation, but on the other hand, when left without any human influence, many biotopes lost their diversity and a significant loss of endangered species occurred. The negative consequences of non-intervention management have been discussed for many years, especially due to its …

End of conservationist helplessness: large ungulates solve the large non-intervention management paradox
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The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent

2016 - 09 - 01
The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent

Only a few decades were needed for a unique wild horse population to survive in Germany to this day. However, due to a fatal mistake, the Dülmen pony is lost forever in its authentic form.
The Dülmen pony was the only one of several wild horse populations in Germany that survived until the beginning of the 20th century. The wildlife of the Merfleder Bruch area was first mentioned as early as in 1316.

Like wild …

The Dülmen pony: A tragic mistake led to the extinction of the last herd of wild horses on the continent
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Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food

2016 - 08 - 03
Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food

Most people only know such a sight from nature films shot in Africa. Flocks of oxpeckers sitting on the backs of buffaloes and other large animals is an inseparable part of the scenery as much as hunting lions or elephants at watering holes.

For thousands of years, however, these scenes could be seen in European nature, too, where flocks of birds were attracted to herds of large herbivores, such as wild horses, European bison or …

Instincts forgotten for centuries return to birds who use large ungulates for hunting food
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