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Премия рунета 2017

WINTER PREPARATIONS OF BISON IN ALANIA

06 november 2018
“Center Soya” Ltd. provided 5 tons of forage for the new group of bison living in Turmonsky Reserve in North Ossetia. Now the animals will surely not starve during the coming winter.

“Center Soya” Ltd. regularly supports the Programme for Bison Reintroduction in the North Caucasus. In 2012 and 2015, the Company provided Teberdinsky Reserve with pelleted compound feed for the bison group in Arkhyz in winter. This year, the Company provided 5 tons of special cattle fodder, which may be used for bison as well. In the next few days the forage will be delivered to Turmonsky Reserve, where 10 bison were released into the wild in August and early September 2018. Half of the animals were procured in Sweden specifically to be released in the Caucasus.

Loading of Fodder for Bison at Center Soya
(c) WWF-Russia
"Our experience with the bison group in Arkhyz shows that feeding the animals in winter is very important", - Roman Mnatsekanov, Senior Coordinator at the Northern Caucasus Regional Office of the WWF-Russia says. "This improves their overall physical well-being and breeding success."
Roman Mnatsekanov (WWF-Russia) and Dmitry Zibaev, Director of “Center Soya” Ltd. (right)
(c) WWF-Russia
In 2009, WWF-Russia commenced practical efforts aimed at conservation of two groups of purebred bison who survived social and economical turmoil of 1990s. 18 bison were released to Tseysky Reserve in North Ossetia and the same number of animals was delivered to the Arkhyz site of Teberdinsky Nature Reserve in the Karachay-Cherkessia. Thus the recent release and successful natural breeding have doubled the number of bison in the North Caucasus. Today their total population exceeds 130 animals and both groups are out of danger.
Release of Bison in Ossetia
(c) Mikhail Klimenko / WWF-Russia

In 2018, WWF-Russia and the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania began establishing one more group of purebred bison (the second one in the Republic and the third in the Russian Caucasus). The group is formed in the territory of Turmonsky regional sanctuary, which lies between the rivers of Ardon and Urukh. There are over 60 thousand ha of lands suitable for the bison accommodation there. Experts estimate that the area can provide for up to 300 bison. It is a significant step towards the primary goal of creating a sustainable self-regulating population of bison in the Russian Caucasus.

Headline photo: (c) WWF-Russia
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