Chernobyl’s Wildlife

If you’re expecting two-headed cows or glowing deer, sorry, that’s not what’s here.

National Geographic’s John Wendle has an article on the resurgence of wildlife in the Chernobyl area, following the evacuation of all people since the 1986 nuclear disaster that left the immediate area uninhabitable. It’ll be 30 years since the disaster this Tuesday, the 26th.

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Essentially, as the article notes, “Radiation … is not holding back Chernobyl wildlife populations.” Among the animals seen in the area are bison, boars, moose, deer, badgers, gray wolves, red foxes, and more.

The exclusion zone in Ukraine, in which permission must be obtained before entering, and has virtually no human resident population (with few exceptions), covers about a 1,000 square mile area, making it the largest wildlife areas in Europe unimpeded by human contact.

Check out the link at National Geographic for more information, including pictures and videos. It offers a unique environmental study – not only with a large area unaffected by humans for three decades, but also in a highly radioactive zone.

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