9 Rostov Steppe Safari

Rostov Steppe Safari

Posted on May 27, 2012 by team


A lot of the hoofed animals live in this place in almost unrestricted conditions. This wild steppe territory is some thousands hectares big and it's situated on the border between the Rostov region and Kalmykia. American and Asiatic bisons, yaks, Bactrian camels and wild Don horses inhabit the territory. It's not Africa but nevertheless...


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The Don horses are quite calm and let people come close. This donkey likes to bother the horses.

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9 Responses to “Rostov Steppe Safari”

  1. yojimbo says:

    American Bison is the correct name not Buffalo.

    Actually the wiping out of the Bison was not a US government policy like the wars against Native Americans where.It did of course have a negative effect on Natives.If the US government had had the understanding of ecology that we have today they would have probably had all the troops kill Bison in order to wipe them and Native Americans with them.

    It is too bad that the Native Americans did not have the technology to counter the threat that they faced.They should have killed every last European that they encountered but with their lesser technology they would have only delayed things.

    The rule is assimilation or death and not just in American but in every nation.

  2. A says:

    “They prevented from land cultivation and destroyed pastures – one animal eats about 25 kg of grass and if a herd consists of 10 thousand animals it produces a devastating effect.”

    The destruction of the Buffalos was a huge contributor to the creation of the dust bowl in North America. The herds naturally collect grass seeds with their feet and spread them everywhere they went. Their saliva, which they drool everywhere, contains enzymes that promote the growth of certain grasses. Their weight and their hooves would help put these seeds far enough into the earth so that they could germinate in the arid soil. The plains existed for tens of thousands of years before people came along, the buffalo never ate all the grass, they were responsible for planting it.

    • Matlok says:

      You and yojimbo forgot to mention one important thing; the buffalo (American Bison) is one mighty fine tasting animal!

  3. Daniel says:

    The animals shown here are one of the reasons that I would like to visit Russia. Another reason is the spectacular landscape.

  4. D. Bunker says:

    The correct term for the N. American “Buffalo” is the Bison. Altho related they are not real buffalo like the African and Asian varieties.

  5. Timhotep says:

    American bisons in Don area? This is news to me. When were they brought there?

  6. jeffrey pigden says:

    Let’s place the blame where it belongs; the Catholic Church! Millions of europeans brainwashed with the idea that white men held dominion over the earth; “everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”
    The church made europeans think they were better than everything else on earth. That they could do anything with impunity. Thus we had the Inquisition, the invasion of the americas, africa & the middle east, destruction of native plants and animals, relocation of foreign plants and animals, etc.!

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