You can see with your own eyes the Lithuanian aurochs – the largest European wild animals included in the Red Book – if you go to Panevezys surroundings. Just a century ago, it was thought that these animals are extinct, but thanks to big enthusiasm their population has been restored. Now when visiting Lithuania and going to Pasiliai auroch farm, you will have a unique opportunity to observe the life of those animals up close.
The endangered species is strictly protected
Till the sixteenth century aurochs were widespread throughout Europe. They lived in sparse deciduous and mixed forests, steppes, and mountains. Unfortunately, agricultural development, rapidly growing number of people and intensified hunting displaced these magnificent animals to the areas little adapted for their lives, to secluded forests, where aurochs began to decline rapidly. It is stated that the last wild auroch was hunted in 1919 in Poland. However, nature lovers did not give up and restored the bison population freeing them from the zoo bars.
Pasiliai auroch farm for the whole family
Pasiliai auroch farm was founded following the concerns about auroch conservation in Lithuania, and, until now, these animals are bred here. So, currently about 50 aurochs are now living in Lithuania, some in the farm while others run free in the wild. From the podium you can watch aurochs grazing, scuffing their huge backs to the tree trunks, or resting in the sun.
This herd is distinguished as all its members are included in the international origins book, and the name of each auroch begins with the symbolic letters GI – Girinis, Gintaras, Girbaite and others. Visit Pasiliai auroch farm and hear many interesting stories about the life of those animals from the Red Book.
You can spend a whole day in the auroch farm – it offers an outdoor fireplaces and a relaxing resort for rest, and the largest animals of Europe will not let you get bored, and especially entertain the little children.