MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – The bison sent from the Belarusian Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park to Russia's Bashkortostan survived transportation well and are settling in a local forest, BelTA learned from the Belarusian President Property Management Directorate.
The bison have herded together and are ready to be released from the enclosure into the open in the Iksky Natural Zoological Reserve, which borders on the Muradymovo Gorge Nature Park in Kugarchinsky District.
According to the head of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov, the region aims to have a stable bison population. "Our task is very ambitious. We want to breed a stable population of animals that will reproduce themselves and grow and harmoniously fit into the natural landscape of Bashkortostan. We have plans for the Bashkir breed of the bison from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha," the head of the Russian region wrote on his Telegram channel.
Radiy Khabirov recalled that 12,000-15,000 years ago, bison lived in Bashkortostan, and now, in fact, their descendants are returning to their homeland.