Do you think the Exclusion Zone is a deserted and dead place? No! Eagles, foxes, lynxes, deer, wolves, moose, wild boars, hares, storks, owls, and many other animals and birds live here.
Even the representatives of the ‘Red Data Book’ species live in Chernobyl, which were last seen in nature at the beginning of the 20th century. A tour to Chernobyl is your opportunity to learn more about the Exclusion Zone.
Animals have already returned to the territory of the Exclusion Zone in 1986. Events in the ‘natural community’ developed rapidly. Field mice happily ‘harvested’ the grain left by people, after which the rodents experienced a ‘birth rate’ boom. Later, deer, roe deer, brown bears and even bison came to the Chernobyl forests. Within 5 years after the 1986 accident, the local environment was completely ‘rebooted’.
As a result of many years of observations of the ‘radioactive’ territory, scientists have concluded that man causes much more harm to nature than, in fact, radiation. Due to environmental pollution, the lifespan of animals in Chernobyl has decreased, but at the same time their number has incredibly increased. Today there are already 400 species of fauna! They have actually occupied abandoned cities: foxes, wolves and deer spend the night in buildings, and during the day they hunt in the streets or graze somewhere nearby.
In 2017 the Chernobyl territory became a biosphere reserve. Scientists-enthusiasts installed cameras in the forests and found out that life is in full swing on the territory of the Exclusion Zone. Who would choose this place as their home?
In the late 1990s, two dozen Przewalski’s horses were settled in the Zone. Nowadays, there are already 100 strong representatives of these species. Young stallions often do not have enough ‘brides’, so they ‘take away’ horses from the households of ‘samoselov’ (people who have returned to their abandoned homes).
The main predator of Chernobyl is the European lynx. In Pripyat, this large and very fluffy cat with tassels on its ears feels just fine. The feline hunting grounds are located in the most polluted areas of the Zone.
In 1987 there were only 3 wolf packs. Today there are already seven of them! The wolves quickly settled the abandoned cities. Now it is possible to see them right on the avenues of the ghost towns.
These animals were brought to Chernobyl from the Far East. They quickly got used to local conditions and ‘registered’ in Polesie for permanent residence.
Elks were photographed right next to the destroyed reactor. In addition to radiation, these strong and proud animals have only one natural enemy here – wolves.
Nowadays, there are only 5000 bisons left in the whole world. Scientists keep the pedigree of each animal and breed bison so as to avoid genetic degradation due to closely related crossbreeding. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help. When traces of bison habitat were found in Chernobyl, the researchers held their breath. Now scientists have reason to believe that rare animals have taken root here.
Birds, which can no longer be found in nature, live in Chernobyl. For example, the local black stork is a Red Book species.
In Pripyat, you can find an amazing creature that looks like a hamster, a mouse and a squirrel at the same time – a hazel dormouse. This cute animal moves along the branches of bushes.
In spring and summer, wild boars and wild pigs are in charge of the Chernobyl gardens. They clean the gardens, looking carefully at the bushes: wolves may ambush there.
Local foxes not only hunt, but also skillfully beg for food from tourists. If during the excursion you meet them on the streets of Pripyat, do not forget to feed them. The local fox Semyon even has a Facebook account: he happily poses for all the owners of the edible.
In theory, the whole of Europe is the otter’s habitat. In fact, these cute animals continue to be exterminated everywhere. But on the territory of the Chernobyl reserve nothing threatens them!
He got into the lens of a camera trap near Chernobyl. Now scientists hope that soon a whole population of these majestic animals will appear in Polesie.
In cities, once abandoned by people, there are about 300 dogs. Thirty years ago, the locals were forced to leave their pets ‘for a few days’. Eyewitnesses claim that they ran after the buses and whined desperately, sensing that a disaster was taking place. Some animals later came to checkpoints and cafes, but most had to learn to survive in the wild. Today, the organization ‘Clean Future’ (USA) is engaged in their sterilization and vaccination.
Scientists argue that biological diversity is the basis for human survival on earth, but so far we rarely think about their words… Come to Chernobyl on an excursion, and you will see what the world will be like if a person stops playing the ‘king of nature’.
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The loyalty Discount Program – 10% discount for a group of 3 people. If you book a one-day tour – small groups, and you three or more people, you automatically receive a discount – 10%. When booking a tour, the discount is calculated automatically. For a two-day tour – full immersion discount – 5% – […]
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147 top locations + HBO locations The best locations for taking photos and videos, visiting all the infamous objects. The Chernobyl Zone is beautiful, you cannot count all the locations that are worthy of the tourist’s attention, but each of them has its own fan, a tourist who wants to see this particular location … […]