Since the Chernobyl disaster, humans have not been allowed to live in the exclusion zone due to the risk of radiation. Since the disappearance of people, wildlife has started to take over the exclusion zone. Other than some minor mutations, such as strange antler formations on deer and some species discoloration, the animal populations seems to be taking off. In fact, Chernobyl has become a place for scientists to study nature and radio-ecological consequences of nuclear disasters. Some even describe Chernobyl as a wildlife reserve.
People have treated the exclusion zone as a wildlife reserve for awhile. It has become a de facto nature preserve. In addition to studying the effects of radiation in a world absent of people, animals have been introduced as a conservation effort. The Przewalski’s Horse, or Dzungarian Horse, is a great example of this. They were introduced to the area in order to create some biodiversity, but the species took off and went from a few horses to over 200 in 2006. Since then poachers have been cutting their numbers down to an estimated 40-60. Lynx, brown bear and wolves have made similar comebacks in the area.
Below is a video of Przewalski’s Horses in the exclusion zone.
And here’s a video on the exclusion zone I really like:
Exclusion Zone Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf6ON6pbDDA