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…
The Don horses are quite calm and let people come close. This donkey likes to bother the horses.
American bisons. Lowland subspecies of the animal have perfectly acclimatized in the Don steppe.
Bisons are polygamous and usually one male is surrounded with harems of females. Such harems may form herds that can reach 15-20 thousand animals. In the time of Wild West they even were massively destructed due to such their peculiarity. 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.
Another reason for their destruction was wars with Indians. Bisons were the main food for them so their destruction made them starve.