Moving Animals

New book out: Nature’s Diplomats

New book out: Nature’s Diplomats

Recently, Raf De Bont’s monograph Nature’s Diplomats appeared with the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book explores the development of science-based and internationally conceived nature protection in its foundational years before the 1960s, the decade...
Interview in Trouw

Interview in Trouw

On September 19th, 2021, Willem Schoonen interviewed Raf de Bont for the newspaper Trouw. You can read the interview (in Dutch) here: https://www.trouw.nl/wetenschap/vogels-wezen-de-vroege-natuurbeschermers-de-weg~be9adb5e/ *Credits picture: Yrjö Jyske (2001),...
Blog post for NiCHE: “Incest at the Zoo”

Blog post for NiCHE: “Incest at the Zoo”

On 16 August 2021, Monica Vasile published a blog post for NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History & Environment, titled “Incest at the Zoo: Saving and (in)Breeding the Przewalski’s Horse.” Incest is more common than one would expect amongst zoo-bred...
Extinct in the Wild?

Extinct in the Wild?

How does one become certain that a species is no more? How does one document extinction? Monica Vasile tackles these questions in a blogpost for Mosa Historia. In particular, she discusses how scientists tried to find out whether there were still surviving free-living...