Two new females were added to the bison herd in the large ungulate reserve today

2021 - 04 - 01

Two female European bison from the Tabor Zoo arrived at the large herbivore reserve today in the former Milovice military area near Prague. The two females, Tara and Norisa, expanded the bison herd that has inhabited the reserve since 2015.

Replenishing the herd in the Milovice reserve is not intended to increase the number of animals, but rather to expand the genetic base of local breeding. “The animals in the reserve live in a closed group. It is therefore important to regularly replenish and exchange animals with other breeders in order to ensure sufficient genetic diversity of the herd”, says Dalibor Dostal, Director of conservation organization European Wildlife.

The breeding of bison in the former Milovice military area began at the end of 2015, when the first 8 bison from several Polish reserves came to the reserve. There are currently almost thirty animals in the locality, whilst additions from this reserve were transferred to a reserve near the town of Rokycany, in the west of the Czech Republic, or to the Zuid Kennemerland National Park in the Netherlands.

This year, the Tabor Zoo will also export abroad the largest mammal on the European continent. The female Karla will be leaving the garden in Tabor. Her new home will be in the newly established Serbian reserve, Stara Planina.

The Tabor Zoo has been reintroducing the European bison into the wild since 2016, when it first brought four females from the Lowland line of the European bison in May. At the beginning of May 2016, two bison females, almost two-year-old Usjana and four-year-old Uselina, were released into the new enclosure at the Tabor Zoo. They were brought from a private German farm in Usedom.

Shortly thereafter, two more young females born in 2015, Norisa and Norma, were transported to the zoo from the Nuremberg Zoo. At the end of 2016, the two females were joined by breeding male Poczekaj, who arrived from Niepolomice, Poland.

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