Pleistocene Park and the North-East Scientific Station

    The North-East Scientific Station (NESS) and Pleistocene Park are scientific organizations located in the north of Siberia, 5 km from the town of Chersky (Yakutia)
(68° 44'N, 161° 23'E).

    Established in 1977, the North-East Scientific Station has become one of the world's largest Arctic research stations, providing varied opportunities for study throughout the year in various disciplines such as ecology, climate change, arctic biology, permafrost studies, hydrology, limnology, geophysics, atmospheric physics, and others. NESS has 3 laboratories with modern equipment and the ability to welcome up to 50 researchers at a time.

     Pleistocene Park is a major initiative that includes an attempt to restore the mammoth steppe ecosystem, which was dominant in the Arctic in the late Pleistocene. The initiative requires replacement of the current unproductive northern ecosystems by highly productive pastures which have both a high animal density and a high rate of biocycling.

    Experiments with animal reintroductions were begun in 1988. Currently, Pleistocene Park consists of an enclosed area of 16 square kilometers that is home to 5 major herbivore species: bison, musk ox, moose, horses and reindeer.

This map illustrates how the park has grown over time. The red line is the original fence that was built in 1996. The blue line shows the new fence built in 2004-2005. Inside the old paddock, a smaller one was built to quarantine new animals before their introduction to the larger park.


Oct. 12, 2016 — Pleistocene Park documentary and Sergey Zimov interview

German ARD television released a movie they filmed in the Pleistocene Park last summer and autumn.
Interview with Sergey Zimov was published in the special issue for International Investment Forum "Sochi 2016"

Sept. 19, 2016 — Visiting Media

This year we had several journalist and documentary groupls visiting station, and filming/writing about Climate Change and Pleistocene Park

Sept. 19, 2016 — End of field season

Today can be marked as an end of the field season on the North-East Scientific Station. All visitors have left. Next groups are expected to come in spring 2017.

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