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Rewilding is the act of reintroducing species to areas where they previously went extinct. The assumption being that by them being reintroduced it makes the areas more 'wild' and therefore natural compared to what it was previously.

Rewilding needs to be undertaken very carefully as some are suggesting reintroducing species that were equivalent to the locally extinct species but not the same. This could have unintended consequences, as the presence of introduced species could have altered the ecosystems sufficiently to make the reintroduction of an extinct species no longer viable. Also native species could be thriving with the introduced species.

There is also discussion about the reintroduction of apex predators into areas where there is no apex predators - again, the eco system needs to be sufficiently robust to support such a change. 

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