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European Bison

The European bison is the largest herbivore in Europe; a bull can weigh up to 1000 kg.

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Skansen’s European bison share an enclosure with wild boars. This works very well as the needs of both species can be catered for in the same space. 

Bison live in herds and eat herbs, grass and twigs. Both sexes have horns. The European bison is the largest herbivore in Europe; a bull can weigh up to 1000 kg.

The European bison (Bison bonasus) is no longer found in the wild in Sweden but lived here during the bronze age. At that time the climate was milder and large areas of the country were covered by deciduous forests. 

It was wiped out in Europe at the time of the First World War, but a few remained at zoos including Skansen and at Avesta in central Sweden. Thanks to these, many European bison have now been reintroduced to forests in Poland and Romania.



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