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Identifying reintroduction sites for European bison in Germany

The Biogeography and Conservation Biology Lab recently started a new project together with researchers fromPoland and WWF Germany to identify potential reintroduction sites for European bison in Germany.

With the release of eight European bison in the Rothaargebirge, Europe’s largest herbivore has retunred to the German landscape centuries after its populations were hunted to extinction. Could there be other places in Germany where free-ranging herds of Europe’s largest herbivore could be established? The Biogeography and Conservation Biology Lab recently started a new project to explore that question and to identify potential reintroduction sites. This initiative is carried out in close cooperation with the Prof. Wanda Olech (Warsaw University) and Prof. Kajetan Perzanowski (University of Lublin), and Dr. Janosch Arnold from the WWF Germany’s large mammal program. WWF also funds this research.

Photo: Tobias Kuemmerle