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Wild Bison

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A Bison has been spotted in a forest clearing in Różanki, near Gorzów, in the western province of Lubuskie. Young male Bison are expelled from their herd and often wander over long distances in search of a new home. This one is believed to have wandered along the River Warta on his travels. Although there are believed to be more than 1,300 Bison in Poland it is unusual to find Bison quite so far west. The largest herd can be found in the Bialowieza Primeval forest on the border between the eastern Polish province of Podlaskie and Belarus.

Three facts relating to Bison:
- The Polish word for a Bison is Żubr.
- All Bison in the Białowieża Forest were the property of the Polish kings until the third partition of Poland.
- The European bison is the heaviest surviving wild land animal in Europe.

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Zubr / Bison

Zubr Bison

A set of four Polish postage stamps from 1996 featuring Zubr / Bison! Click on picture to enlarge image.

The Bialowieza Forest, Europe’s last primeval woodland, which straddles the border between Poland and Belarus, is home to more than 800 wild European bison (Bison bonasus). Smaller groups of Bison are also present in other parts of Poland and recently several programmes have been established with a view of reintroducing them to forested areas.

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