European Rewilding Network

The improvement of conservation status for European bison in Vanatori Neamt Nature Park

The initiative of reintroduction of European bison (Bison bonasus L., 1758) in this part of Romania is implemented by the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park Administration (VNNP). The scope is the improvement of the status of the European bison species through establishing a viable bison herd in this part of the Romanian Carpathians.

Project: The improvement of conservation status for European bison in Vanatori Neamt Nature Park
Region: Vanatori Neamt, Romania
Type of protection: Natural Park
Habitat types: E. bison was released in Cracau valley: Around 5,400 ha forest from which 2,700 ha covered by mixed resinous-beech stands with mull flora, 600 ha with fir stands with mull flora, 900 ha beech stands with mull flora, 500 ha with mountain beech stands with Rubus hirtus. The quality of these stands is superior; half of them are older than 100 years. Around 1,400 ha of pasturelands, most of them Festuco rubrae-Agrositetum capillari.
Fauna (mega) species present: brown bear, wolf, lynx, red deer, roe deer
Type of project: Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem
Aim and vision: To contribute to the conservation of this endangered species. The project aims are valuing the European bison reintroduction program, to support sustainable development and strengthening civil society development in the area.
The project to restore E. bison in Romania (www.bisonbonasus.ro) represents an important step towards the existence of a viable E. bison population in freedom in the Carpathians Chain.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research
Results so far: Two groups of European bison were released in freedom; 5 animals in 2012 and 5 animals in the Spring of 2013.
Inspirational value: Our intention regarding the European bison reintroduction is not only to re-establish a keystone species in the ecological sense but also in a spiritual & cultural sense, being convinced that emphasizing the cultural and spiritual accents of an endangered species represent a necessary step in our attempt to protect the wildlife.
Experience you would like to share: Breeding, veterinary, genetic aspects, public awareness and ecological education issues
Experience you would like to gain: Breeding, veterinary, genetic aspects, public awareness and ecological education issues
Map
Country
Romania
Start year
2005
Size (ha)
30000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Flagship species
Bison

The initiative of reintroduction of European bison (Bison bonasus L., 1758) in this part of Romania is implemented by the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park Administration (VNNP). The scope is the improvement of the status of the European bison species through establishing a viable bison herd in this part of the Romanian Carpathians.

Map
Country
Romania
Start year
2005
Size (ha)
30000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Flagship species
Bison
Specification
Project: The improvement of conservation status for European bison in Vanatori Neamt Nature Park
Region: Vanatori Neamt, Romania
Type of protection: Natural Park
Habitat types: E. bison was released in Cracau valley: Around 5,400 ha forest from which 2,700 ha covered by mixed resinous-beech stands with mull flora, 600 ha with fir stands with mull flora, 900 ha beech stands with mull flora, 500 ha with mountain beech stands with Rubus hirtus. The quality of these stands is superior; half of them are older than 100 years. Around 1,400 ha of pasturelands, most of them Festuco rubrae-Agrositetum capillari.
Fauna (mega) species present: brown bear, wolf, lynx, red deer, roe deer
Description
Type of project: Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem
Aim and vision: To contribute to the conservation of this endangered species. The project aims are valuing the European bison reintroduction program, to support sustainable development and strengthening civil society development in the area.
The project to restore E. bison in Romania (www.bisonbonasus.ro) represents an important step towards the existence of a viable E. bison population in freedom in the Carpathians Chain.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research
Achievements
Results so far: Two groups of European bison were released in freedom; 5 animals in 2012 and 5 animals in the Spring of 2013.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Our intention regarding the European bison reintroduction is not only to re-establish a keystone species in the ecological sense but also in a spiritual & cultural sense, being convinced that emphasizing the cultural and spiritual accents of an endangered species represent a necessary step in our attempt to protect the wildlife.
Experience you would like to share: Breeding, veterinary, genetic aspects, public awareness and ecological education issues
Experience you would like to gain: Breeding, veterinary, genetic aspects, public awareness and ecological education issues
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