Przhevalsky's horse in the Chernobyl zone


How it all began...

     In 1988, in the framework of the Fauna program, 22 individuals of Przhevalsky horses from the Askania-Nova reserve were brought to the Exclusion Zone to study the suitability of the territories of the Chernobyl Zone for habitat. Initially, animals were kept in an open-air cage near the city of Chernobyl - in the center of acclimatization, and a year later they were released into the wild. Already in 1999 there were two herds in the areas of the villages of Cherevach and Korogod. In 2002, the total number of horses was 38 individuals. And in 2004, the number was about 60 individuals. It is difficult to name the exact number of horses in the Exclusion Zone, since they scattered across the territory of almost the entire Zone, with the exception of the left bank of the Pripyat River. Approximately 5-6 herds totaling about 60 individuals.

     It is known that in 2007, three horses moved to the territory of the Belarusian part of the Exclusion Zone (Polesye State Radiation and Ecological Reserve). And in 2010, another group of three horses was found there. According to research, today there are more than 30 horses of Przhevalsky.

     Some scientists-experts assert that to this day, on the territory of the whole Exclusion Zone there are more than 100 Przhevalsky horses, including the territories of Ukraine and Belarus.

     In September 2014, two horses crossed the southern boundary of the Exclusion Zone, and came out near the village of Dityatki, which is located on the border of the Exclusion Zone. Then there was a conflict when the horses ravaged the gardens of the local residents of the village, and they in turn wanted to destroy them for it. At the same time, a local activist, Alexander Sirota, resolved this situation by building an open-air cage for horses and providing them with food and protection.

     In the first years after the settling of the Przhevalsky horses into the Chernobyl Zone, the scientists from the Askania-Nova Reserve monitored the horses. Now, the accounting and observation of horses are carried out by joint research of the specialists of the Kiev Zoo, the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the SSE Ecocenter.

     The ecological experiment was successful. Przhevalsky's horse has become one of the symbols of the Exclusion Zone.


Excursions and tours to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Pripyat

     While traveling through the Chernobyl Zone, you may find yourself in the numbers of the lucky ones who will see these noble Przhevalsky horses, as they can often be found near the abandoned village of Cherevach, on the road from the Dityatki checkpoint to the city of Chernobyl.

     The Exclusion Zone has become a kind of home for wild animals. Here, in the open spaces of the former Chernobyl region, you can meet a wild boar, a wolf, a lynx, a brown bear, an elk, a roe deer, a raccoon dog, etc.

     Therefore, a trip to the Zone of Alienation is a kind of adventure in which you can fully immerse yourself in the nature of Polesye or in the post-apocalyptic world. Here, in this place, everyone will find their own atmosphere.

     For your comfort, you can familiarize yourself with the options for one-day and multi-day tours of the Chernobyl zone and choose the appropriate format for a group or individually (private) tour.

     Each tourist CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE is issued a special set of useful things and personal protective equipment, showing photo and video materials from the personal and state archives during the tour.

     Follow the guide’s instructions, be careful and careful while walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for traveling to Chernobyl and Pripyat.

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