Natural grazing on the Lika Plains, a scenic area of grassland that forms part of the Velebit Mountains rewilding area in Croatia, has been boosted by the arrival of 20 Tauros.
The bovines were transported from the Netherlands by Stichting Taurus (the Taurus Foundation) and will join around 120 Tauros that are already in the area as a result of previous releases.
Tauros are bovines that have been specifically back-bred to fulfil the ecological role of aurochs, an ancient wild bovine species that is now extinct. With another 20 animals scheduled for translocation in October this year, this latest release is part of a vision for a wilder, more functionally complex Lika Plains environment governed by natural processes.
“Through their grazing and browsing the newly arrived Tauros will contribute to the creation of dynamic mosaic habitats that are more biodiverse and less prone to damaging wildfire,” explains Rewilding Velebit team leader Marija Krnjajić.
“The animals will also help to restore food chains, as they are preyed on by wolves. And as the Lika Plains become wilder, so opportunities for nature-based tourism will continue to grow.”
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