Category: Ungulates

Location: Safari Drive

The European Bison, Bison bonasus, also known as a wisent, is the heaviest land mammal in Europe, with large bulls capable of weighing up to 1,000kg (2,204lb)!

Originally found across Europe, from France to Russia, however their populations were decimated until 1927 when they were entirely extinct in the wild. Since then, reintroduction programmes in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and more have seen their numbers begin to recover around the continent. Despite these conservation efforts, these rare and incredible animals are still rarer than other, more high profile endangered animals, such as the black rhino, as their wild population stands at an estimated 3,400 bison.

Image of an Adult European Bison

Wild bison are considered a source of pride for many rural villages in central and eastern Europe.

They have a life expectancy of up to 25 years in the wild.

Bison can often measure up to 10ft long and weigh up to 1,000kg!

European bison is a herbivore, feeding on grass and foliage.

The European Bison favours temperate woodland and forests for its ideal habitat, however, are only found in national parks and reserves since the eradication of their wild population in the 1920s.

Conservation status: Vulnerable

The European Bison is currently undergoing a process of reintroduction in their ancestral habitats throughout Europe following the extinction of the wild population in the 1920s.

Our Bison Takes Down a Christmas Tree



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