The First Wild Bison Calf in Millennia Born in UK, Surprising Conservationists and Rangers
A historic moment has occurred in the UK as the first wild bison calf in millennia has been born.
The surprise arrival has delighted conservationists and rangers who are working to combat the climate and biodiversity crises through a collaboration between the Kent Wildlife Trust and Wildwood Trust.
The West Blean and Thornden Woods project aimed to reintroduce a new herd of bison to the UK and hoped they would breed in due course.
However, the unexpected birth of the bison calf has exceeded expectations and brought a new level of excitement to the project.
The calf was born to a female bison in the herd, with a bull from Germany expected to join and breed with the females next year.
The birth of the calf so early on in the project is a sign of the success of the conservation efforts and the positive impact it is having on the wildlife in the area.
Mark Habben, Director of Zoo Operations at the Wildwood Trust, expressed his delight at the news, stating “When the bison took their first steps into the wild just weeks ago, it was hard to imagine that anything could come close to the elation we felt in that moment.
But here we are celebrating the arrival of a bison calf… We are delighted that mother and calf are both doing well and look forward to watching the herd continue to grow and flourish in the coming months.”
The bison calf’s birth is not only a momentous occasion for the conservation efforts in the UK, but it is also a symbol of hope and progress in the fight against the climate and biodiversity crises.
It serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and the positive impact they can have on our planet’s wildlife.