rewild

[ree-wahyld]

verb (used with object)

to introduce (animals or plants) to their original habitat or to a habitat similar to their natural one: proposals to rewild elephants to the American plains.
to return (land) to a more natural state: rewilding an unpopulated island for use as an animal preserve.

verb (used without object)

to introduce living organisms to a habitat.
to return land to a less developed state.

Origin of rewild

First recorded in 1980–85; re- + wild
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