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Wild Bison Returned to their Native Lands in Romania

May 21, 2024

Once native in Romania, bison had been absent from the landscape in over 200 years – until a decade ago. Reintroduced populations of free-roaming bison in Romania’s Tarcu mountains have grown into the hundreds and appear to be stimulating plant growth and securing carbon stored in the soil while grazing!

The latest research (still awaiting peer-review) uses a new model developed by scientists at the Yale School of Environment, funded by the Global Rewilding Alliance and WWF Netherlands and has found that these bison populations could help store CO2 emissions equivalent to taking 43,000 cars off the road for a year 🚗

Prof Oswald Schmitz of the Yale School of the Environment in Connecticut in the US, who was the lead author of the report, said:

“These creatures evolved for millions of years with grassland and forest ecosystems, and their removal, especially where grasslands have been ploughed up, has led to the release of vast amounts of carbon. Restoring these ecosystems can bring back balance, and ‘rewilded’ bison are some of the climate heroes that can help achieve this.” For more information, click here!

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