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Transport of European Bison

Based on the recommendation of the EEP (European Rescue Program) coordinator, a transport of a male European Bison named Perun was carried out on November 27, 2017 in the early morning hours from Bratislava Zoo to Miskolc Zoo in Hungary.
Perun was born on May 25, 2014 at Bratislava Zoo. Mother is Próza, born June 22, 1997 at Prague Zoo, and father is Cvajan, born August 11, 2005 in Chomutov Zoopark. Young bisons remain with their mother for about two years. After the second year they begin to gradually become independent. Our 3.5-year-old male was already old enough to be transported to Miskloc Zoo, where he became a part of the bison group.
European Bison is the largest European mammal. Male can weigh more than 1000 kg and reach the height of about 190 cm in the shoulder. Several centuries ago, the bison was a widespread animal around Europe. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was exterminated in the wild. The reason was intense deforestation and unregulated hunting. Of the last 30 captive bisons, the entire today European Bison population has been maintained. Since 2004, the European Bisons also live in our nature, in the Poloniny National Park, where they were transported to. It was an international project that had been under way for several decades. Individuals were brought here from several Zoos in Western Europe. Also our Zoo participated on the return of the European Bison to the nature – in 2004, a young female named Púpava, born in Bratislava Zoo, was transported to Poloniny. Returning the bison population into the wild and keeping it sustainable is, according to some scientists, the most important European success story in the context of the protection of endangered animals.

European Bison (Bison bonasus)
Shoulder height: 180 - 195 cm
Weight: 800 - 1000 kg
Gravidity: 8.5 - 9 months
Number of offspring: 1 to 2
Life span: 25 years
Diet: grass, herbs, leaves, bark of trees and shrubs, lichens, mosses, mushrooms
Predators: wolf, lynx

In the photo: European Bison

Transport of Bison European Bison