In our collection
We currently have a large herd of European bison.
Where to see them
They can be found in the main drive through reserve. You can either take your own vehicle or enjoy a guided tour with our Land Rover Tour.
International breeding programme and conservation
European bison previously roamed throughout western, central and south eastern Europe. Unfortunately by 1927, the species had been lost from the wild entirely and only 54 individuals survived in European Zoos. Since then there have been re-introductions to forests in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, the Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia.
All our bison are part of the international breeding programme and we currently have one of the largest herds of European bison in the United Kingdom. We manage the European breeding programme for the species.
Glen Rosa, one of the females born here in 2012, was transported to Romania in 2014, along with five other females from UK and Irish zoos, as part of a reintroduction programme.
Please find below an excerpt on our bison from our Main Reserve audio guide: