EXPEDITION TO WRANGEL ISLAND
The introduction of new species of big herbivores to the Pleistocene Park is essential. Over the last 20 years, the Zimovs have brought, among others, yaks from Mongolia, bisons from Denmark, horses from Yakutia…
Today, the Zimovs are considering bringing a new species to the Park: musk oxen. Perfectly adapted to the arctic climate and producing an important impact on the ecosystem, musk oxen are rare and difficult to obtain.
Therefore we are planning a logistically complicated expedition to the Russian Arctic island of Wrangel.
Wrangel Island is extremely difficult to access. Located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, 500km from the continent, the island isn’t linked to the mainland for much of the year.
There are only ten people living on Wrangel – the reserve team – along with 1000 muskoxen and more than 400 polar bears, the world’s most important population of this animal.
The spectacular landscape, the dramatic voyage, and the impressive and dangerous wild fauna make Wrangel the perfect destination for the most spectacular sequence of our film. Currently 70% of the shooting of the documentary is done, the last images will be shot during this expedition.
Furthermore, Wrangel represents an important symbol: on this remote island, 3000 years ago, the last mammoth lived and died.
The cost of the expedition is currently estimated at $110,000.
This price includes the introduction of 10 oxen.