Lion in Trafalgar Square

Top 6 animals which could successfully return to their native homeland in Britain

You think that the earwig, the adder and the kingfisher were impressive. Look what you’re missing… (and, yes, sadly, the lion is a rank outsider although not in our imaginations where it mauls the urban litter-droppers with impunity).

Beaver 10/10

Beaver

Beaver

Wild Boar 10/10

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

Elk 10/10

Elk

Elk

Lynx 9/10

Lynx

Lynx

Wolf 7/10

Wolves

Wolves

Forest bison 7/10

Forest bison

Forest bison

And some on the fringes

Wolverine 4/10
Bear 3/10
Wild horse 3/10
Reindeer 2/10
Elephant 2/10
Black rhinoceros 2/10
Lion 1/10
Spotted hyena 1/10
Hippopotamus 1/10

“This list is offered as a catalogue of plausibility. The highest scores represent the reintroductions that might be tried first on the grounds that they are most likely to succeed, to be politically acceptable and to help restore dynamic processes in rewinding lands in the current climate.” George Monbiot, in Feral.

• Source and full list: Feral: Rewilding The Land, Sea And Human Life by George Monbiot

• Read a review of Feral here

 

Giles BroadbentTop 6 animals which could successfully return to their native homeland in Britain

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