10 Photos Of Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization In The Exclusion Zone Around Chernobyl
The world’s worst ever nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine back in 1986, and its effects are still being felt today. A 30-km (19-mile) exclusion zone is in place around the disaster site, which is still highly contaminated with the radiation released following the accident.
While not fit for human habitation, wildlife has made a remarkable comeback in the exclusion zone; there are said to be more than 60 different types of mammals living there including wild boar and elk. Wolves are doing especially well, with a population that is seven times the size of wolf populations in neighboring reserves.
Far from becoming the barren wasteland that many predicted after the catastrophic event the area has, in the absence of humans, become host to a great biodiversity. It really shows the power of nature to recover when left alone without us around to get in the way of things!
Proof of this can be seen in this fascinating list compiled by Bored Panda. Marvel at the way that grey concrete blocks are gradually giving way to greenery, as plants and trees slowly engulf the ruins of the former Soviet town. You can also meet some of the local wildlife celebrities, who are looking remarkably healthy considering the highly contaminated land around them.
So scroll down below to see Mother Nature majestically reclaiming her territory, and let us know what you think in the comments!
#1 I Finally Met The Famous Pripyat Fox Simon
#2 Meet Simon, The Red Fox Of The Radioactive Red Forest
#3 Tree Growing On The 8th Floor
#4 Przewalski’s Horses
A group of Przewalski’s horses grazing in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone. In the background the New Safe Confinement (“Sarcophagus 2”) can be seen.
#5 An Old Phone Box Hidden Away In The Undergrowth In Pripyat. Unused Since 1986
#6 Nature Wins The Battle Against Civilization
#7 Overgrown House In Zalissya (Village Inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)