All the left bank of the river Oka is covered with a dense forest. In the 60s of the XIXth century one Russian professor Kaufman took notice of a strange transitional nature in this place. And now this is the only Russian nature reserve for aurochs.
A walk to aurochs is possible only with a guide that watches you all the time and tells the history of zapovednik.
A happy pair of aurochs. The male one is really huge.
Aurochs and bisons so resemble each other that one could not distinguish them.
This nature reserve exists about a half of a century, but only water supply was built and nothing else.
While aurochs need some water to stand such hot weather.
The place of their habitation.
Aurochs are the heaviest and the biggest land mammals in all European continent. Their length is about 330 cm and weight is about 1 ton.
Aurochs` hair is brown, but young calves have reddish hair.
In 1,5 hour after the birth a calf follows its mother, in 19-22 days it starts to eat grass.
Distinctions between aurochs and American bisons are not substantial. Aurochs have higher humps, longer horns and tails.
An acrobatic etude.
An auroch`s head is rather short but with a long beard.