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Animals Who Rule Chernobyl

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Chernobyl’s exclusion zone and the nonexistence of humans has resulted in growing populations of animals...

Three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, animals have seemed to of taken over the exclusion zone spanning of a 30-kilometer radius.

Wolf expert at the Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, Marina Shkvyria, along with a group of scientists, have been monitoring forms of wildlife in the secluded area. The research has been obtained within a village, in the sealed off disaster site in Ukraine where the disaster took place in 1986.

Regardless of the extreme radiation levels, flourishing within the disaster zone, includes animals of all species, shapes and sizes. Animals that have been detected include wild species such as lynx, wolves, moose, deer, beaver, brown bears and other large mammals. It sounds a little like the Disney's Bambi if you ask us!

With the absence of the human species, these animals have been given a chance of embellishment.

The number of animals and wildlife has increased immensely since the nuclear catastrophe. Biologist Jim Beasley says of a new study, which was released this week, “radiation is not holding back Chernobyl’s wildlife.”

Between Ukraine and Belarus, the zones that prohibit humans from entering, cover over 4000 square kilometres. This makes the Chernobyl region one of the largest wild sanctuaries over that side of the world.

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig