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Dec 2012

Return of the European bison

Since the 16th century, the European bison (Bison bonasus) has been considered extinct in Central Europe. Now the mighty beast which is closely related to the American bison, returns. Over the Christmas period, one bull, five cows and two calfs are being released in a private forest in Germany. It is hoped that the herd will grow to about 25 animals.

The forest belongs to Richard Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and comprises about 130 square kilometres (32,000 acres) which makes it the largest private forest in the German county of North Rhine-Westphalia. With the release, approved by the authorities, the aristocratic forest manager hopes to prove that an active approach to biodiversity conservation is possible within the framework of modern commercial forestry.

source: Marco Evers, "Nordrhein-Westfalen: Wisent-Herde wird in den Wald entlassen", Spiegel Online, 20 Dec 2012
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