"Skinny as nature intended: in winter and early spring, commuters on the fast train between Amsterdam and Vlissingen are sometimes confronted with the sight of emaciated and dying cattle, horses and deer, and the carcasses of earlier victims being picked over by scavengers."
@FranJurga writes: We don't often have articles about horses in The Economist, but when one does show up, it's worth a read. That's surely the case here.
Amsterdam's 56 square-kilometre intentional wilderness zone known as the Oostvaardersplassen is an experiment in true wilderness, an attempt to see how and if nature transforms itself. It's not an open classroom or a research lab or a drive-through wildlife park. It's a truly wild place.
Read about the challenges and rewards of tracking 40 years of a wilderness zone's establishment and ultimate transformation from forest to grassland, thanks to herbivores, which include a herd of primitive wild Konik ponies. There are lessons to be learned here for those who advocate for wild horse sanctuaries: should wild horses live on equally wild land?
Without natural predators, will the cattle and horses and deer destroy the land that struggles to sustain them?
Graze some ecological rhetoric and reality in this week's The Economist, on newsstands or via this web version of the story. Click on the headline or image to read this important article.