The Chernobyl nuclear wasteland has a thriving animal population

The Chernobyl nuclear wasteland has a thriving animal population.

The Chernobyl nuclear wasteland has a thriving animal population

The Chernobyl nuclear wasteland has a thriving animal population.

Following a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 25-26 April 1986, 350,000 people were evacuated from the 1,000-square mile exclusion zone in Ukraine.

However - 33 years after the incident, the TREE (TRansfer-Exposure-Effects) project set up 42 motion-tripped cameras in the exclusion zone to find evidence of large mammals like brown bears, bison, wolves, lynxes and horses in the area.

Researchers said of the project: "The CEZ (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone) could be the best area in Ukraine where a large free population of the European bison could be established."

Another researcher, Germán Orizaola,wrote in The Conversation:

"Our own work with the amphibians of Chernobyl has also detected abundant populations across the exclusion zone, even on the more contaminated areas"

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