WINTER PREPARATIONS OF BISON IN ALANIA
“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.
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.