Rewilding Europe. A European initiative actively promotes rewilding and biodiversity in endangered natural landscapes in Europe. Horses play a significant role as equine conservationists in landscape maintenance – their grazing behaviour makes them particularly well suited for this. A herd of twenty Konik horses had been released in December 2020 onto an island in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta.
Konik horses originating from Central and Eastern Europe. The horses of this robust pony breed are increasingly used as landscape keepers – as equine conservationists in European nature reserves, alongside Przewalski horses and cattle species. Konik is the Polish word for pony or small horse. Konik horses live in the Geltinger Birk at the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany, in the Polish Białowieża National Park, Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands and also in the Barnim of Berlin-Brandenburg.