The European Bison
18 Mar 2014 | From Tanya of Belarus
This is my first postcard from the Fauna of Belarus series - I have read about this in some Postcrossers' profiles and postcard requests or preference.
European bison are the largest native herbivores in Europe. They are commonly found in broad-leaved or mixed forests in a mosaic-type landscape. Also known as wisent, the European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild, with the last wild animals being shot in the Białowieża Forest (on the Poland-Belarus border) in 1919 and in the North-Western Caucasus in 1927. They have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in Europe.