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  • English name
    European bison
  • ClassificationCetartiodactyla, Bovidae
  • Scientific nameBison Bonasus

European bison
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The European bison is the largest of the mammals that live on the European continent. Because of hunting and destruction of forests, they almost disappeared once. But now, slowly, the number of the European Bison in the wild is increasing, little by little.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 250-350cm / Female 220-280cm
Weight: Male 650-1350kg / Female 430-700kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

European Bisons live in wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Europe.

What they eat

European Bisons eat grass, tree leaves and tree bark.

What they are like

European Bisons are slow-movers, resting a lot during the day. I'm jealous.

Find out more about the European Bison!

Many humans, less European Bisons...
Out of all mammals living on the European continent, the European Bison is the largest! The European Bison once lived in the forests all over Europe. But as the human population grew, the forests were destroyed and European Bisons were hunted. They were disappearing and what makes the situation worse, European Bisons were used as food in World War I. They once became extinct in the 1920s.

Let's bring surviving European Bison back to the wild!
Luckily, about 50 European Bisons survived in zoos and wildlife parks. In the 1950s there was a movement to increase them and return them to the wild. They escaped extinction, just in time. However, even now, there aren't too many European Bisons. They could all die from illness. We need to watch them carefully for some time yet.

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