Back from the brink of extinction, these near-wild bison are roaming the forests of Germany for the first time for nearly 300 years.
Nine of the beasts were released in a forest last year near Bad Berleburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia. And so far, they appear to be thriving.
It is the result of a ground-breaking government-funded conservation project on land owned by 79-year-old Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
He hopes to prove that active species conservation can be combined with forestry and make Germany the first country west of Poland where the animals, also known as wisent, live in the wild once again.
There was a release into the wild in the Czech Republic a couple of years ago and they’re thriving too.
It’s true that not all of the CR is to the west of Poland but still….