Extinct mammoths in Russian Arctic to be replaced by bisons

Extinct mammoths in Russian Arctic to be replaced by bisons

August 17, 2023

Scientists hope that the animals will help restore the ancient ecosystem.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. 12 lowland bisons from Denmark were brought to the north of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District to the Ingilorsky natural park – scientists hope that the animals will take on the role of mammoths that died out 11 thousand years ago and help restore the ancient ecosystem. In addition, unusual animals will help the development of ecological tourism.

Bisons are well adapted to the Arctic, historically this is their natural environment. At first, they will live next to musk oxen, and then the animals will be released for free grazing, Planet Today writes.

Steppe bisons and woolly mammoths lived in the Russian Arctic from 2.6 million to 11.7 thousand years ago. Animals shaped the landscape by grazing and processing nutrients. When the climate got warmer, they died out. To restore the ecosystem, its ability to absorb carbon, scientists resettle large herbivores in the Arctic.

Previously, scientists told how woolly mammoths were preparing to ‘move’ to the Arctic. In 2012, the well-preserved remains of a mammoth that lived about 40 000 years ago were found in Taimyr. Also, we wrote that a musk ox cub was rescued in Taimyr, now Alana lives in Royev Roochey flora and fauna park in Krasnoyarsk.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: istockphoto.com

August 17, 2023

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