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European Bison

Conservation 3.0Largest European bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe, in collaboration with the European Bison breeding programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

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Ecosystem Engineer

Shapers of landscapesBeavers shape their environment and create habitats for other species. They positively impact both the diversity and abundance of plant and animal life in their environment.

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Beaver - Bas Breetveld

Living Landscapes

The Role of Keystone Species Reconstructing grazer communities for natural regeneration, reshaping the environment via trophic cascades.

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Aurochs Backbreeding

Restoring a Lost IconBringing back Europe's legendary wild cattle that roamed throughout the continent until four centuries ago.

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EcoTourism

Nature-based tourism provides provides a basis for conservation and ecological restoration.
Nature-based Tourism

Artisan Products

Ecotourism provides economic incentives for celebrating and protecting cultural diversity.
Artisan products
  • Ecological Restoration

    Bringing back natural processes, improving ecosystem resilience against climate change and other threats.
  • Reintroducing Lost Species

    Restoring Europe’s iconic wildlife species that once roamed throughout the continent.
  • Reviving Rural Economies

    Ecotourism and regional products as drivers for sustainable development.

Conservation News

Largest Bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe

Largest Bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe

Valdeserrillas, 29 April 2016 – 12 European bison have been released into Valdeserrillas nature reserve, Spain, this week in the largest bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe. True Nature Foundation collaborated with the European Bison breeding programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

European Countries Establish Wildlife Crime Reporting Systems

European Countries Establish Wildlife Crime Reporting Systems

Also in Europe wildlife crime is taking place. Too often nests and dens of protected wildlife such as raptors, foxes and badgers are pillaged or destroyed. In the worst case, the animals are injured, poisoned or shot. To halt this, several European countries have established wildlife crime reporting services.

First-ever golden jackal spotted in the Netherlands

First-ever golden jackal spotted in the Netherlands

In February a golden jackal was spotted in the Veluwe, a forest area in the centre of the Netherlands. This first-ever observation of this species in the Netherlands was "accidentally" recorded with the help of a camera trap during a research project focusing on ungulates.

National Bird of The Netherlands

National Bird of The Netherlands

Nearly every country in the world has one, but The Netherlands does not yet have a National Bird. The Dutch radio program  “Vroege Vogels” decided this needs to change. Therefore, a National Bird Election has been organised in collaboration with BirdLife Netherlands. Which bird do you think symbolizes Netherlands and typifies the Dutch national character best? 

Pelicans in the Danube Delta, Romania

Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

True Nature Foundation works together with local partners in Romania and Ukraine to restore ecological processes and biodiversity in one of Europe's largest river deltas.
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Stop Wildlife Crime

Stop #WildlifeCrime

New Wildlife Crime reporting service launched a petition focused on the approach and prevention of wildlife crime.
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Field Projects

Reserva de Valdeserrillas, Valencia

Reserva de Valdeserrillas, Valencia

Valdeserrillas has been set up as an animal reserve and is supported by the Municipality of Benageber. The current size of the reserve is 365 hectares. The amount of hectares is bound to increase in this and following years. Valdeserrillas is also in the final stage of acquiring UNESCO status. 

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Coto Doñana Wildlife Reserve

Coto Doñana Wildlife Reserve

Doñana National Park in Andalusia occupies the right bank of the Guadalquivir river at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. It is notable for the great diversity of its biotopes, especially lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland and maquis. It is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and is the wintering site for more than 500,000 water fowl each year.

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Parque Mineiro

Parque Mineiro

Parque Mineiro is part of Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana. Guadiana is a natural park in south-eastern Portugal. This area with hills, plains and deep valleys around Serpa and Mértola shelters the Rio Guadiana, one of Portugal’s largest and most important rivers. Among its rich variety of flora and fauna are several rare or endangered species.

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Danube Delta Wildlife Reserve

Danube Delta Wildlife Reserve

The Danube Delta is a remarkable wetland area feature constituting critical habitat for migratory birds and other animals. It is the major remaining wetland on the flyway between central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa.

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Healthy Ecosystems A healthy environment is the fundamental basis of all life-support systems, including that of human well-being and socio-economic development.
Capacity BuildingTrue Nature Foundation engages in partnership arrangements aiming at local capacity building in nature conservation, restoration, and education.
Quality of Life We demonstrate that reviving rural communities is achievable through combining ecological restoration with the development of ecotourism and local products.
Science Based Our projects are science-based and carefully selected based upon their potential for creating opportunities to implement economic models that provide long-term sustainability.
Reserve Management We provide technical assistance in developing sound management plans that will help each reserve and project become a successful and self-sufficient operation.
Catalyst of Change The True Nature Foundation works together with local, national and inter- national organisations and universities, as a catalyst for positive change in rural communities.

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