Friday, 9 December 2016

The Popular Victorian Clubs That Yearned To Fill Europe With Hippos

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The Acclimatization Society was one of dozens of perfectly legal groups dedicated to spreading species around the world. For a few decades at the end of the 19th century, 'acclimatization,' or intercontinental species-swapping, was all the rage throughout Europe and its colonies. Although it was eventually replaced by sounder ecological strategies, its strange legacy remains.

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