ALROSA has become the official partner of Pleistocene Park – a large-scale environmental project aimed at creating a highly productive ecosystem, which will be similar to the mammoth steppe ecosystem of the Late Pleistocene era. Dubbed the “Serengeti of the North”, the project is designed to, through experiment, confirm the theory developed by the famous Russian researcher Sergey Zimov that pastureland with diverse wildlife, such as that found in the Arctic over 15,000 years ago, prevents the thawing of permafrost and, as a result, slows down global warming.
Our latest expedition was an 800km journey to yakutian village of Aleko-Kuel’ to acquire additional Yakutian horses. This expedition was made possible thanks to our generous supporters on patreon! We faced some challenges due to the coronavirus and bad road conditions, but all the horses made the trip safely and are now released into the park.
A new study conducted by the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford takes a closer look at the Pleistocene Park concept and explores the feasibility of scaling up the solution.
“Considering land use strategies aimed at protecting the Arctic permafrost has similar implications for climate change as land use decisions in other regions which currently receive much more attention,” explained Professor Yadvinder Malhi, leader of the Ecosystems Group at the Environmental Change Institute. “We are not used to thinking about the Arctic in this way.”
- Summary: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-01-27-rewilding-arctic-could-stop-permafrost-thaw-and-reduce-climate-change-risks
- Full paper: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2019.0122
- Commentary: https://www.newsweek.com/restoring-arctic-landscape-time-when-mammoths-roamed-could-protect-thawing-permafrost-opinion-1484387
After a long journey from Denmark to Siberia our 12 new bison have finally been released into Pleistocene Park! All the animals made the journey safe and healthy. For the first three days the Bison will be quarantined in a small enclosure, after this they will move to a 100 hectare fenced area for about a month.
12 Bison (8 female, 4 male) from the Ditlevsdal Bison Farm in Denmark have started the long journey by truck to Siberia and their new home in Pleistocene Park. We will be posting updates on facebook and you can follow along their journey with our bison tracker providing up to date GPS location of the animals on their way through Russia.
The end of winter in the Park is approaching, the Weather is becoming more mild with more sun every day. We already have had the first babies born in the Park. Plus we have a new worker, experienced in animal sustainability who came to the Park yesterday. He is planning to work here for 2 years, sharing his experience.
Twelve bison in the Ditlevsdal Bison Farm started their quarantine yesterday. A month from now they will be ready to travel to Pleistocene Park. More news to come.
After many years we have finally renovated Pleistocene Park website. Now we have a modern design with the website connected to social networks and direct links to the websites for the Pleistocene Park foundation and the North-East Scientific Station. We want to express special thanks to Dan Tavelli for creating this website. It is a great help to us.