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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.

News

May 1, 2012 — New photos of the park from 2011-2012

April 24, 2011 — Wapiti and Bisons have arrived to the Park

Six Wapiti and five Bisons have arrived to the Park. All feeling fine. More information and photos are coming soon.

March 17, 2011 — New photos of musk ox

Ice on the river is now deep enough, so we have made 45km of winter road to the Park and now it is much easier to get there. Took camera with me and now we have a few new shots.

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