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re·​wild·​ing (ˌ)rē-ˈwī(-ə)l-diŋ How to pronounce rewilding (audio)
: an effort to increase biodiversity and restore the natural processes of an ecosystem that typically involves reducing or ceasing human activity and often the planned reintroduction of a plant or animal species and especially a keystone species
Rewilding—giving nature the space and opportunity to express itself—is largely a leap of faith.Isabella Tree
Large-scale domestic rewilding projects include dam removal in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeast to facilitate the return of several endangered species of salmon, as well as reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park, which stabilized and reinvigorated the ecosystem.Carey Smith
The concept of rewilding creates hope; it gives the opportunity to set things right, to link protected areas through corridors, to bring back species once lost, and to revitalize our forests, rivers, and wetlands with all forms of life.Bahar Dutt
The truth of when this forest actually existed and why it disappeared is murky. … Now, a group of visionary conservationists and ecotourism companies are working to revive the landscape through rewilding.Chloe Berge


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present participle of rewild

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Libraries in particular can play a special role disseminating resources for rewilding, including guides about how to make the celebratory ARK sign. Caroline Nickerson, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2024 Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree’s 3500-acre rewilding and regenerative farming project has turned marginal lands into a home to a remarkable array of wildlife—everything from red and fallow deer to Exmoor ponies and turtle doves roam free here—and an abundance of flora. Juliet Kinsman, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Apr. 2024 The estate has been running one of the U.K.’s most successful rewilding programmes for the last 20 years, with an emphasis on using natural processes to regenerate degraded ecosystems. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In fact, the study concludes carbon sequestration rates in rewilding projects are as fast as deciduous woodland planting over the first 20 years when measured using the woodland carbon code. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Dana Taylor: Was an historic precedent for rewilding, the area around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of one of the worst disasters involving nuclear power, has now, according to the UN, become an iconic experiment in rewilding. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 In the past, the startup spoke about Pleistocene Park in Siberia as a potential rewilding location. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 21 Feb. 2024 It was defeated, with some 70 percent of voters in San Geronimo opting for the rewilding to proceed. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital, the goal of the game is to restore an ecosystem through rewilding and green technology, essentially demolishing cities and wastelands in the name of reviving nature. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History



rewild + -ing entry 1

First Known Use


1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rewilding was in 1993

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“Rewilding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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