Riano, April 27, 2017 – Today four European bison and five water buffaloes were released in a new wildlife reserve situated in the Anciles Valley near the village of Riaño, Leon province, Spain. The new reserve, a spectacular landscape set in the Cantabrian Mountains, is located close to the Picos de Europa National Park and just 120 km from the famous caves of Altamira, where in the Late Pleistocene, 15,000 years ago, prehistoric people left stunning images of European bison. Therefore, the bison returns home to its natural habitat.
There is a small herd of bison and water buffalo stranded in a dire situation. They urgently require moving. The situation is critical. If they are not moved soon, then they face certain death. Your donations will make it possible to not just prevent the animals from dying but also to take them to a safer haven.
On the 18th of October, the True Nature Foundation together with the Centre for Regional Studies (CRS) and the Municipality of Orlovka, completed the first stage of a programme to reintroduce water buffalo in the Danube Delta ecosystem in Ukraine. The reintroduction is part of a project to ecologically restore natural processes in the Danube Delta, a form of ecosystem restoration which is also called rewilding.
Valdeserrillas, 29 April 2016 – 12 European bison have been released into Valdeserrillas nature reserve, Spain, this week in the largest bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe. True Nature Foundation collaborated with the European Bison breeding programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Also in Europe wildlife crime is taking place. Too often nests and dens of protected wildlife such as raptors, foxes and badgers are pillaged or destroyed. In the worst case, the animals are injured, poisoned or shot. To halt this, several European countries have established wildlife crime reporting services.
In February a golden jackal was spotted in the Veluwe, a forest area in the centre of the Netherlands. This first-ever observation of this species in the Netherlands was "accidentally" recorded with the help of a camera trap during a research project focusing on ungulates.
Nearly every country in the world has one, but The Netherlands does not yet have a National Bird. The Dutch radio program “Vroege Vogels” decided this needs to change. Therefore, a National Bird Election has been organised in collaboration with BirdLife Netherlands. Which bird do you think symbolizes Netherlands and typifies the Dutch national character best?
How did life on Earth go from simple single cells to incredibly complex organisms? In the world’s first real attempt to connect the dots and put it all together, the Open Tree of Life links all biodiversity through a shared evolutionary history.
The Open Tree of Life aims to construct a fully "comprehensive, dynamic, and digitally-available tree of life" using the data already published by phylogenic trees of life from around the world. The Open Tree of Life builds on the work of previous researchers, who have created some tens of thousands of smaller 'trees' for individual branches, and it took the team three years to complete, collating the information from the smaller trees into what they call a "supertree" of life.
As part of the European Cattle Genetic Diversity Consortium, TNF Board Member Hans Lenstra conducted DNA analysis that supports historic reconstruction of the link between old Italian cattle breeds such as Chianina and Romagnola with local cattle living in the same area 1000 years earlier.
Analysis of DNA from archeological remains is a valuable tool to interpret the history of ancient animal populations. So far most studies of ancient DNA target mitochondrial DNA, which reveals maternal lineages, but only partially reveals the relationships of current breeds and ancient populations. In this study the researchers explored the feasibility of nuclear DNA analysis.
Europe is taking positive steps towards the protection of nature as well as recognizing the value of wilderness, biodiversity, and its endangered species. Politicians, nature organisations and local authorities plea for more attention for Europe’s unique pristine areas and wildlife.
Recently, the Dutch Government presented new plans to improve recognisability and attractiveness of National Parks. Political parties currently debate on shared proposals to increase protected areas and improve connectivity between animal habitats.
One proposal is the introduction of larger nature parks which cover at least 5,000 hectares. Another recommendation is that National Parks work together more effectively to ensure connectivity between areas, in order to establish more resilient and diverse ecosystems.