Buffalo to roam Siberia again

Russian scientists have started an operation to reintroduce buffalo to northeastern Siberia, where the species once thrived but became extinct 5 thousand years ago.

The founding population of 30 specimens will be flown to Yakutsk from Edmonton in western Canada.

The animals will travel for 8 hours in air conditioned containers supplied with food and water.

The operation was agreed in 1994 at a meeting between the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and several Russian governors.

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