Since posting a blog about the release of some European Bison, I have wandered with wonderment through Rewilding Europe’s website, looking through & admiring all of their projects to bring wild animals back into their traditional ranges.
Don’t make these guys mad… They’re big!
One of the most interesting and exciting that they are involved in is that of the Aurochs. Most folks don’t know exactly what an Aurochs is, but simply put, this huge prehistoric beast is the ancestor of all of the billion or so modern cattle. It’s also where were originally get the word “ox” from. After domestication during the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, about 12 000 years ago, wild Aurochs were slowly hunted into extinction with the last, a female, falling in the forests of central Poland in 1627.
Through genetics research and selective breeding that began in 2009, they hope to introduce a herds of these new Aurochs, tentatively called a Tauros, to places like the southern Netherlands, Italy’s central mountains, and the Eastern European steppes.
A wisent, or European Bison, checks out his new digs in the Carpathian mountains in Romania
Wild populations of European bison got a boost this month, as 17 animals were released into a secluded valley in the wild Carpathian mountains of Romania.
Part of a larger scheme to return native animal populations back to Europe, these animals will be monitored for half a year before being left to their own devices to form a herd, and dodge wolf packs.
It is interesting to note that of all the thousands of European bison that are now present in the wild due to reintroduction since the 1950’s, are all descended from around 50 animals that were left left in captivity after the last wild ones were hunted and poached to extinction early in the last century.
Rewilding Europe is a conversation group helping with this project. Learn about it and others on their site!
Update: This Polish Nature Preserve, the Białowieża Forest, not only houses European Bison, but also populations of Red Deer, Wild Boar, Roe Deer, Moose, Lynx & Wolves! This place is definitely on the bucket list.
During my Sunday night ritual of waiting for Game of Thrones to downloa….. I mean, air on television, I saw this fun little article about chefs, restaurants and even brewers in New York joining in on the excitement and fun of the HBO series.
The only thing more dead than the mutton in that bowl are Cersei’s eyes.
I think the main take away for everyone that reads the article is the phrase “Game meat is coming back into style.” If everyone could adhere to that, we would sincerely appreciate it!
In case the piece of cheese you ate of the floor yesterday was keeping you up night, rejoice! Or at least relax a little bit… Some Biology students at the University of Birmingham tested several foods to see how they fared in “bacteria transfer”
Table Bagel: Safer than Floor Bagel.
Even though some foods fared better than others, it’s probably always safer to not eat that freshly buttered bagel you dropped in the Food Court, but you can make your own judgements after reading all about it!
The below list is shamelessly being stolen from the the folks at Godminster in Somerset, England.
Top ten cheesiest (literally!) book titles of all time!
1. Fifty Shades of Whey – Pure genius
2. Catcher in the Brie
3. Harry Potter and the Camembert of Secrets
4. The Brie-F-G.
5. The Tiger Who came [for] Brie
6. The Story of Tracy Brie-ker
7. Charolais of Fire
8. War Horse by Michael Manchego
9. Hemingway – The Old Man and the Brie
10. Edam Busters