Recent Posts by Elena Torresani

Living with wolves and bears next doors in Europe

Despite over the centuries the human beings put a lot of efforts into predators extermination, in Europe there are several mountain territories where wolves, bears and lynx still live. They are more than we believe, especially in East Europe, although the environmental, cultural and even tourism importance of these animals has not yet been fully…
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Fantastic beasts of Yellowstone and where to find them

I'm looking at the map of north-east Yellowstone, while Damiano scans the horizon with his binoculars. It’s late afternoon in the Lamar Valley, and we lurk in the Slough Creek area to see if we spot any animal. All of a sudden, Damiano grabs my arm and, without taking his eyes off the mountain, whispers:…
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The 5 golden rules of the Wildlife Tourist

There are many people who are really mad about animals. The reasons for this attraction and the consequent willingness to bond with wildlife are quite simple. In the biophilia frame (human affinity for other species), the reasons range from aesthetic (beauty) to emotional (attachment), from sentimental (affection) to intellectual (curiosity). It’s not surprising, than, that…
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The Norfolk seal pups

We slowly walk on the sand, an icy wind cuts our faces like a knife. The November sky is surprisingly crystal clear here in Norfolk, and the sun is setting west behind the dunes. In the parking lot we have been told that the seals today are resting just a couple of miles away, and…
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