Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder and head of IDEA Leyla Aliyeva has visited Shahdag National Park in Ismayilli district.
There, Ms. Aliyeva became acquainted with the construction of a bison-breeding complex, which is being build within the bison reintroduction project in Azerbaijan, jointly implemented by IDEA, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and WWF-Azerbaijan. The project aims to establish a healthy bison herd at the complex and later release the animals into the wild. With this regard, a 30-hectar area has been allocated for the construction of the site.
The Caucasian wisent, a subspecies of wisent, which resided for centuries in Azerbaijan, has wiped out during the historical times. The decision to reintroduce the bison has been made based on the extensive research conducted by leading local and international specialists in the recent years. It was found that the nature of Azerbaijan has favorable conditions for the bison to thrive.
Bison serve important role in cropping and fertilizing grasses, which then become an essential feed for many other animals. Bison also create an important link in the food chain, serving as food source for predators like wolves and vultures.
Since its establishment in 2011, IDEA has been implementing a number of projects in the field of wildlife conservation. Projects like the “Reintroduction of the Goitered gazelle in the Caucasus” and “Protection of the Caucasian leopards” are among the most successful works of IDEA.