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South Korea is bringing back bears in a country of 52 million people – I went to find out how

By Joshua Powell, London NERC DTP PhD Researcher in Conservation Biology, UCL
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The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 popularised the idea of reintroducing long-lost species to modern habitats. While scientists are still trying to fully understand the ecological consequences, the wolf’s reintroduction likely benefited other species, illustrating how conservation can not just slow biodiversity loss, but even reverse it.

That project, however, took place in a vast protected wilderness. Many of the places where biologists now hope to reintroduce large wild…


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