BBC: The zoo that wants to release wild elephants in Denmark
“In the beginning when we told people about this project they just laughed at us,” says Ole Sommer Bach, curator of Randers Rainforest zoo, referring to his institution’s plan to introduce a population of Asian elephants in northern Denmark. “I think most people thought it was some kind of provocation, or a practical joke; but it really wasn’t.”
This is Pleistocene rewilding. Advocates want to set the clock back not hundreds, but thousands of years. Around 13,000 years in fact, to when the Pleistocene era was drawing to a close: an almost incomprehensible length of time for us mortals, but the mere blink of an eye for Earth’s ecosystems.