Bialowieza Forest

The bison’s habitat

The major part of the forest is occupied by the Bialowieza National Park, a strict nature reserve which was entered on UNESCO’s list of World Biosphere Reserves and that of World Cultural Heritage as well. It is oldest primeval forest in Europe. The park’s strict nature reserve can only be entered with a guide. Bialowieza is famous for its bison reserve, where the animals are bred in their natural habitat. In the demonstration section you can also see the Zubron, a cross between a bison and a cow, and the tarpan, a Polish cousin of the extinct wild Ukrainian steppe horses. A ride on a narrow-gauge train is a popular tourist attraction.

Bialowieza National Park, Park Palacowy 11, tel./fax +(48-85) 681 29 01, tel. 681 23 06; www.bpn.com.pl

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