Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wildlife: European Bison
The European Bison Bison bonasus (aka Wisent) is a huge, impressive herbivore that lives in mainly in mature deciduous forests. Big bulls can stand at almost 2 metres at the shoulder. They are often nocturnal, herds of up to 30 resting by day. It was brought back from the verge of extinction in the early 20th century and today the place to visit to see this animal in the wild is Poland. In particular the Bialowieza National Park, in the very east on the Belarus border, is a key area and park rangers here often know where the bison are to be found.