History and Audacity: Talking to Conservation Science


This article argues in favour of “audacity”: employing the practice of history fully to tell a complex story involving conservation science yet unconstrained by the world views, narrative guideposts, or specific outcomes practitioners of that science might expect as foregone inclusions. With reference to Przewalski’s horses, it looks at the captive breeding and subsequent reintroduction of wildlife species into native or near-native habitats—sometimes several generations after their extinction in the wild—in order to highlight the possible lenses for contemplating the dynamics of conservation histories.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6285