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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

European bison no longer listed as ‘vulnerable’ due to conservation work in Europe, including in Romania

The European bison (Bison bonasus), Europe’s largest land mammal, is no longer considered a vulnerable species due to the conservation work carried out in Europe, including in Romania. 

The long-term conservation of the European bison resulted in an increase in population from about 1,800 in 2003 to over 6,200 in 2019, justifying the transition from vulnerable to almost threatened in the red list of species according to IUCN, WWF Romania said.

“The species was rarer than the black rhino and survived only in captivity in the early 20th century. The reintroduction of the bison into the wild began in the 1950s and in Romania in 2012. The largest subpopulations are now found in Poland, Belarus, and Russia, but only eight of them are large enough to be genetically viable in the long run. The species remains dependent on ongoing conservation measures, such as the relocation of bison to optimal habitats to create viable populations and the promotion of human-bison coexistence,” reads the WWF Romania press release.

More than 100 bison are currently roaming free in Romania, in the Vânători Neamț Natural Park, Făgăraș Mountains, and Țarcu Mountains. The largest population, of over 65 bison, is found in the Țarcu Mountains and is the result of the Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania initiative. The bison living here were brought from reserves and breeding centers in Europe following an elaborate selection process to ensure genetic diversity. 

The reintroduction of bison in the Southern Carpathians is carried out within the project ” Urgent actions for the recovery of European Bison populations in Romania,” implemented by WWF Romania and Rewilding Europe, with financial support from the European Union, through the LIFE Program and with the help of local communities.

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(Photo source: WWF Romania)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

European bison no longer listed as ‘vulnerable’ due to conservation work in Europe, including in Romania

The European bison (Bison bonasus), Europe’s largest land mammal, is no longer considered a vulnerable species due to the conservation work carried out in Europe, including in Romania. 

The long-term conservation of the European bison resulted in an increase in population from about 1,800 in 2003 to over 6,200 in 2019, justifying the transition from vulnerable to almost threatened in the red list of species according to IUCN, WWF Romania said.

“The species was rarer than the black rhino and survived only in captivity in the early 20th century. The reintroduction of the bison into the wild began in the 1950s and in Romania in 2012. The largest subpopulations are now found in Poland, Belarus, and Russia, but only eight of them are large enough to be genetically viable in the long run. The species remains dependent on ongoing conservation measures, such as the relocation of bison to optimal habitats to create viable populations and the promotion of human-bison coexistence,” reads the WWF Romania press release.

More than 100 bison are currently roaming free in Romania, in the Vânători Neamț Natural Park, Făgăraș Mountains, and Țarcu Mountains. The largest population, of over 65 bison, is found in the Țarcu Mountains and is the result of the Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania initiative. The bison living here were brought from reserves and breeding centers in Europe following an elaborate selection process to ensure genetic diversity. 

The reintroduction of bison in the Southern Carpathians is carried out within the project ” Urgent actions for the recovery of European Bison populations in Romania,” implemented by WWF Romania and Rewilding Europe, with financial support from the European Union, through the LIFE Program and with the help of local communities.

[email protected]

(Photo source: WWF Romania)

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