YAKUTSK, March 21, 2011 — Today ALROSA Airlines’ cargo plane delivered 30 wood bison (10 males, 20 females) at Yakutsk Airport in Russia’s Siberian region of Yakutia from Edmonton, Canada.
Direct flight lasted 8 hours. The plane landed at Yakutsk Airport at 01.00 pm. The temperature was -5C. Many officials and mass media representatives met the IL 76 cargo plane with Canadian buffaloes.
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This is the second time, when Edmonton Elk Island National Park (Alberta, Canada) transfered wood buffaloes to Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the biggest Siberian region. Bisons will join their congeners in Lena Pillars National Park in the area of Buotama and Lena rivers.
Ad notam, the first Canadian buffaloes, 15 males and 15 females, were delivered by ALROSA Airlines on April 6, 2006. Currently, the herd has grown up to 47 heads. Last year 13 young bison were moved to Sinjaja National Park in Gorny district west from Yakutsk. Others continue to roam in the outdoor farm located in Lena Pillars National Park.
I wrote about the first bison transfer at YakutiaToday.com.