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Science Library

March 2024

Knepp Rewilding : A Carbon Sequestration Powerhouse

Comprehensive report by Knepp, Arup and Nattergal on the science behind measuring carbon sequestration in successful rewilding

The rewilding journey of the English degraded farmland being transformed into a lush, wildlife-rich one is well-known. However, for the first time, the carbon impact has been monitored, measured and published, and it speaks volumes.

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February 2024

The unique behavioral traits of large mammals matter more than arguing about native vs invasive

Research led by Aarhus University, Queensland University, University of Göttingen, University of Pretoria, Rewilding Europe, University of Oxford

Having a higher diversity of large mammals will help control the dominance of one plant species. Read the response from our very own Dr Ross Macphee to this article.

February 2024

Wild French horses outperform domestic horses and sheep by building more native wildlife and plants

Research led by Avignon Université and Aix Marseille Université

Horse grazing maintains and promotes grassland diversity, especially when horses are managed ‘as wild’ - allowing them to express their natural behavior.

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October 2023

Wild Horses of the Chilcotin: Their History and Future

Book by Wayne McCrory, professional biologist specializing in wild horses, bears and western toads. He has published more than 90 scientific reports on wildlife and conservation.

Wayne McCrory takes us on a remarkable journey through the 400-year history of the Tˆsilhqot’in people’s sacred Qiyus (Cayuse). Championing the right of these horses to exist as a natural component of the ecosystem, McCrory illuminates the archaic and outdated thinking and laws that must change.

May 2023

Wildlife Stewardship on Tribal Lands: the first comprehensive resource dedicated to the voices and expertise of Native scholars and wildlife professionals

Book by one hundred Native scholars, wildlife managers, legal experts, and conservationists from dozens of tribes

Defines Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Proposes methods of communication between the Indigenous communities and Western resource managers. Develops cultural anthropology curriculum for youth ethnobotanists.

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March 2023

Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge unite to uncover the deep cultural history of horses in North America

Research led by University of Colorado Boulder, University Paul Sabatier, Oglala Lakota, Pawnee Nation, Comanche Nation, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and more.

Horses spread across America through Indigenous exchange networks. They were deeply integrated into Native communities, culture and ceremonies before the arrival of 18th-century European observers.

February 2023

Bringing back large, wild animals will help protect our planet

Research led by Yale University, the Global Rewilding Alliance, Utah State University, Aarhus University, and more

African wildebeast and elephants, sea otters, grey wolves, tigers, muskox, whales and bison stabilize the climate and habitats thanks to their natural functions.

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January 2022

Wild horses crossed into Eurasia from North America according to science

Research led by MacMaster University and the American Museum of Natural History

The Bering Strait land bridge allowed horses and other Pleistocene megafauna to migrate to and from continents. Horses that originated in North America were thus able to populate Eurasia.

December 2021

Born to Rewild: Triumphs of a Now Fearless Woman

Book by Manda Kalimian

Read Manda's breathtaking story of saving the legacy of wild horses in America, where she releases dozens to freedom, makes new friends in the Native American community and travels internationally to raise awareness.

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December 2021

New discovery of North American horse and woolly mammoth DNA shows they survived much longer than their supposed extinction 

Research led by MacMaster University and the American Museum of Natural History

DNA collected from soil shows that wild horses have roamed in North America since at least 6,000 years ago, indicating that native people and horses coexisted for thousands of years on the continent. 

January 2019

Grasslands are richer in bumblebees, butterfly and pollinating plants when wild horses graze them

Research led by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Rewilding interventions with large mammalian herbivores can not only stop, but reverse the loss of native wildlife and habitat by promoting crucial relationships between plants and pollinators in grassland ecosystems.

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November 2015

Yakutian horse breaks record in its ability to adapt to extreme temperatures of the Arctic

Research led by the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Siberian horses have learned that eating and digesting more slowly reduces their body heat and helps them withstand temperatures of -90F.

Incredibly, they enter into a kind of hibernatation while standing.

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