WWF released 10 bison in the Northern Caucasus
The bison release is part of the European bison reintroduction program in Russia.
The bison were brought to the Caucasus with support from the Northern Caucasus Resorts. The Company manages a large-scale tourism cluster development project in the region.
Last year, two groups with total amount of 17 animals were also brought and released in two areas in the Caucasus. They joined the group of local wild bison. This year, two baby bison were spotted in the group – one is half a year, the other one is 1 month old.
The bison is the largest land mammal in Europe, and the continent’s only wild bull that survived to the present day. The bison is now listed in the Red Book of Russia as a species threatened with extinction. Since 1996, WWF-Russia with support from WWF-Germany has been implementing a program to create a population of wild bison in the forests of the European Russia. With the help of this program, by 2008, the number of bison in Orlov, Bryansk, Kaluga and Vladimir regions of Russia exceeded 150. This size is enough for the population to reproduce itself independently in the wild. After that, in 2009, WWF started to restore the European bison populations in the Caucasus mountains in the southwest of Russia.