Presentation at Animal History Group Conference 2022
In July 2022, Monica Vasile presented the paper "Thinking with the wild ass: teaching the Przewalski’s horse to move in the Gobi Desert, a contemporary history of conservation science" at the Animal History Group Summer Conference. She shows how humans taught the...
New publication on European Bison Reintroduction
Monica Vasile discusses the problematic, complicated, and ambivalent ‘success story’ of the reintroduction of European bison in Romania and Poland in her Open Access article in the journal Environment and History. “From Reintroduction to Rewilding: Autonomy, Agency...
Fieldwork on the Przewalski’s Horse in Mongolia
In June 2022, Monica Vasile did fieldwork on the Przewalski's horse (takhi in Mongolian) reintroduction. She visited the Gobi B protected area, a nature reserve in Gobi desert (situated in the southwestern part of Mongolia at the border with China), where horses have...
Moving Animals at the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference 2022
In July, the Moving Animals members organized three panels at the the ESEH conference 2022, presenting project work on 20th century captive breeding of lemurs, Rhuddy duck erradication projects, Swiss zoo design, and behavioral experiments with wild Arctic ungulates.
Fieldwork on Vancouver Island
In May and June 2022, Monica Vasile did fieldwork on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, researching the story of recovering the Vancouver Island marmot from near extinction.
Contributions to June issue of Gewina’s Wonderkamer
Raf de Bont and Simone Schleper contributed two essays (on hamsters and storks) to the recent issue of Wonderkamer, the popular magazine of Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and Univeristies.
Przewalski’s horses at the American Society for Environmental History
In April 2022, Monica presented in the virtual conference of the American Society for Environmental History a paper entitled Lost Wild Behaviors: a history of averting the extinction of the Przewalski’s horse, as part of the panel Confronting Extinctions.
Caribou as Ecological Stakeholders
Since the 1970s, an iconic case of infrastructure development continues to cause controversies amongst wildlife experts about mammals’ capacity to learn and about their ecological stakes in modified areas: the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Simone Schleper published an article about the types of agency migratory caribou were assigned in this debate.
Horses in the Archives
In November 2021, Monica did fieldwork and archival research at Prague Zoo. Prague Zoo has been active in breeding the Przewalski’s horses from the 1930s, and did the first zoo driven reintroduction of Przewalski’s horses in Mongolia, hiring army aircrafts.
New book out: Nature’s Diplomats
In May 2021, Raf De Bont’s Nature’s Diplomats appeared with the University of Pittsburgh Press.