Reintroduction of the European bison into the forest ecosystem of the Orlovskoe Poles'e National Park

  • Published source details Belousova I.P., Smirnov K.A., Kaz'min V.D. & Kudrjavtsev I.V. (2005) Reintroduction of the European bison into the forest ecosystem of the Orlovskoe Poles'e National Park. Russian Journal of Ecology (Springer), 36, 115-119.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Release translocated/captive-bred mammals in family/social groups

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Release translocated/captive-bred mammals in family/social groups

    A study in 1996–2002 of forest in a national park in Oryol Oblast, Russia (Belousova et al. 2005) found that a population of captive-bred European bison Bison bonasus released in groups persisted five to six years post-release and bred in the wild. The first calf was born in the second year after releases began and after six years, 30 calves had been born. The total population numbered 68 individuals (6-36 individuals/group) after six years. Sixty-five captive-bred bison were released in four groups in 1996–2001. Bison were monitored by visual observations and tracking.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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