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Pleistocene Park

The concept behind
Pleistocene Park
is deceptively simple: rewild the Pleistocene Siberian arctic, slow the effects of climate change in the arctic. All it takes to revive the 10,000-year-old Mammoth Steppe, restore permafrost, and seriously reduce carbon and methane emissions–according to scientists–is releasing long-gone megafauna and watching the ecosystem shift under their influence.

A pale mongolian toad with dark splotches. The warts in the splotches are a rusty red.

Mongolian Toad

The Mongolian toad makes living in the arid, freezing, salty steppe-plains of Northeast Asia look way too easy.

Light brown takhi horse looking into camera.


The Mongolian method of conservation is amazing, and the takhi is the result.


Tumbleweeds are fascinating plants that you didn’t know you needed to know more about.