Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pleistocene Park

A long time ago, when the UK was still green,
There were more kinds of animals than you've ever seen;
They'd run around free while the earth was being born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

They re-introduced beavers and pointy eared lynx,
Some big brown bears and some black ones I think,
Some deer and elk and timber wolves, but sure as you're born,
They still can't find no Unicorns.

[...] For true rewilders, the real aim is to restore all lost species – including dangerous ones. Peter Taylor, a founder of the Wildland Network, which campaigns for the reintroduction of larger creatures, said: “The most wild experience available for a human becomes the unarmed walk into territory where humans are not only not in control, but also not the top predator. That frisson of risk and vulnerability marks the transition from a tame landscape to a truly wild one.” [...]

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