Long-gone herbivores restore military base

European bison appear on the former Milovice military base in the Czech Republic. Credit: Jan Stefka

Conservationists in the Czech Republic are turning to wildlife long since vanished from the landscape to restore a former military base. Wild horses, European bison and tauros are roaming the former Milovice base in the hope that big-hoofed ungulates can restore the ecosystem to a miniature version of the historical steppe. After introducing the animals to the landscape five years ago, conservationists say the herbivores are reducing invasive grasses and allowing more flowers to bloom. They hope to enlarge preserve to 890 acres this year.

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