Zimbrul: A New Bison Documentary Film by award-winning French filmmaker Emmanuel Rondeau | WWF
Zimbrul: A New Bison Documentary Film by award-winning French filmmaker Emmanuel Rondeau

Posted on 22 November 2019

Discover a story old as history, but still present in our lives.
In this emotional new bison documentary by award-winning French filmmaker and photographer Emmanuel Rondeau of White Fox Pictures, discover a story old as history, but still present in our lives - the relationship between humans and other species. "Zimbrul" ("bison" in Romanian) depicts the local communities and landscape in which these legendary animals return to the Southern Carpathian wildness. The documentary shows how people's perceptions change in the face of natural beauty, and how with patience and love, we can all build a prosperous and harmonious future. As part of the WWF-Romania and Rewilding Europe's Life Bison Project, there are now over 50 rewilded bison roaming free in the Southern Carpathians, and over 100 families benefiting from related ecosystem services such as ecotourism.

WATCH FULL FILM HERE  (film duration: 9 minutes)
The EU Life Bison Project
WWF Central and Eastern Europe and Rewilding Europe aim to establish a wild bison population that is demographically and genetically viable, by reintroducing 100 individuals in the Țarcu Mountains and Poiana Ruscă Natura 2000 sites in south-western Romania, where one of the largest wilderness areas in Europe survives. Bison bonasus, the largest land mammal in Europe, is a key species for preserving wilderness strongholds. The bison’s browsing ability in the search of food helps maintain a mosaic of forested areas and grasslands, a landscape which is highly valuable from an ecological point view, with its diversity and abundance of species and natural resilience in the face of climate challenges.

Moreover, the bison is a species that, if successfully re-introduced and its habitat actively preserved across the entire Carpathian Mountains, will help maintain ecological corridors on a large scale, allowing for species migration, be it the bison itself or other large carnivores such as the brown bear, the wolf or lynx. It needs large areas of prime quality natural environment, with very little or no human disturbance, which also allows for other wildlife species to thrive.

Re-introducing the bison to Natura 2000 sites in the Tarcu Mountains and Poiana Ruscă Mountains of Romania is in line with recommendations made in the IUCN Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for the European Bison; which was the outcome of the workshop organised by the Large Herbivore Foundation on Bison Conservation in the Carpathians in 2004; and this is also in accordance with the Natura 2000 policy (EU Habitats Directive) to designate bison as a priority species for Natura 2000 sites.

The European bison is one of the most threatened large mammals in the world, and it is protected at European level.

For more information:
Bianca Ștefănuț
Senior Communications Officer,
WWF Central and Eastern Europe
bstefanut@wwf.ro, Tel: +40 (0)730 098 722 
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