How does Belarus develop its bison population?
Mighty bison were on the verge of going extinct in the early 20th century.
However, scientists managed to revive the species. Poland gave 10 bison to Białowieża Forest in 1946. The bison population has increased with the course of time. Belarus has nine bison populations in Volozhinsky experimental timber enterprise, Osipovichesky experimental forest holding, Pripyat National Park, and Polesye state Radiation-ecological Reserve.
How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest
The largest herd of adult male bison was registered in Bialowieza Forest. In the herd of over 150 head scientists counted 19 wild bulls. Previously, this figure did not exceed 13. It is known that adult males prefer to live separately during the rutting season.
Bison experts were surprised to see that the forest giants prefer agribusiness fields to numerous feeders, especially if these fields are sown with winter rapeseed. Unfortunately, it was not without losses this winter: two young bison did not survive the cold season.
13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk
Waterfowl have recently been counted in Minsk and its surroundings. Ornithologists have found 13 species of them, with some listed as endangered.
Among the 6,500 the most popular are mallards, in second place gulls and in third mute swans.
According to experts, the birds wintering in Belarus feel fine. The temperature generally did not differ from the average rate, strong cold did not hurt the birds.
CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award
The State Inspectorate for Fauna and Flora Protection under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus has awarded a CTV correspondent and other journalists, who together with the inspectors carried out raids on illegal hunters.
The award was received by CTV special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya for her story in the TV program Picture of the World on the channel RTR-Belarus. She get a poacher talk. This man had previously shot animals illegally directly on the field of a state-run farm. Olga herself felt the dangers of the night shift.
Bison counting completing in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Bison population is being counted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. According to scientists, the number of bisons has increased by 30 individuals over the last year. And now we can already say about the recovery of the population.
Some animals don’t like crowds of curious visitors and spend time in wilderness. It’s difficult for the scientists to track down the bisons in those places.Alexei Bunevich, senior fellow at the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:
Video: Bison attacked by wolves in Bialowieza Forest
Giants of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest have successfully repelled an attack by a pack of wolves.
The predators attacked the herd suddenly. Bison first fled but then gathered courage and strength and completely expelled the intruders from their place.
This video was filmed by surveillance cameras in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest.
SEE: Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest now visa-free
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo
Animals in the Minsk zoo are now getting increased amounts of meat because of the frosty weather.
Improved nutrition helps maintain the required body fat to safely ride out the colds.
In addition, all pets can hide in their own insulated houses. Some of them were moved to winter pavilions.
The Minsk zoo called on Minsk residents who have natural New Year trees to bring them to the zoo. Here these trees will be processed and used as food or toys for some animals.
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus
The only Belarusian colobus monkeys can be seen in Grodno Zoo. The Oriental animals come from Russia's Kaliningrad. Playful and active, they cause enthusiasm not only in children but also in adults.
The animals are now getting accustomed to the new place, next to a young alpaca and two baby tigers. They are not hiding from people, unlike barn owls, who arrived in Grodno from Russia.
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers.
The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.
They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin
Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the origin of bison, which is one of the national symbols of Belarus. With the help of DNA analysis of the ancient remains they revealed that these animals have existed for around 120,000 years.
Such conclusions were voiced by Australian researchers.
They studied the genome of 64 bison. They found that these mammals appeared by crossing between the already extinct steppe bison and the ancestors of modern cattle.
Previously, it was believed that the bison appeard about 12,000 years ago.
25% of the Earth's bison population lives in Belarus
The restoration of the population of bison in the Bialowieza Forest began exactly 70 years ago.
This is one of the rarest animals on our planet and a pride of Belarusians.
About a quarter of the planet's bison population lives in Belarus.
The last animal living in the forest was killed in the early XX century. An attempt to revive the population was made in the 1930s.
A new farm for breeding purebred animals was organized only in 1946. Then five bison were moved to Belarus.
Can you hunt bison in Belarus?
Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrey Kovkhuto gave an interview to the CTV's program Week.Mr Kovhkuto, thank you for finding time for an interview. Many people in Belarus ask whether the "environmentally friendly product" label will soon appear in our country. Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
Minsk Design Week 2016: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future
Each warm season decorates Minsk with some new art objects. Minsk is transformed and becomes a point of attraction for many artists, designers and architects. One of such examples is the recent Minsk Design Week. This event had already been held in Minsk earlier and by 2016, it really gained momentum.
Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus
Is this a new bill?
Yuri Dorogokupets, member of the Standing Commission on Housing Policy and Construction of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly:Of course. We have not had such a bill. Currently, we only have rules concerning domestic animals (dogs and cats), approved by a resolution of the Council of Ministers in 2001. And this bill is really new.
What will it be?