The Oka Terrace preserve near Moscow is the site of the Soviet Union's Central Auroch's colony.
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Background: The Oka Terrace preserve near Moscow is the site of the Soviet Union's Central Auroch's colony.
At the beginning of the 20th century there were only about two thousand aurochs in the world. In 1921 the last wild aurochs in Beloveshya Pushcha, Byelorussia, was killed during military operations. In 1927 the last Caucasian aurochs vanished.
In 1948 an aurochs pair was brought from Poland to the Moscow area. These animals were the descendants of aurochs living a German zoo.
The two decades of the colony have been years of extensive work aimed at preserving the species. At present there are 60 pedigree Beloveshya and Caucasian-Beloveshya aurochs.
More than 150 aurochs raised near Moscow are now living in preserves throughout the Soviet Union.
Last year one of the aurochs was shipped to Hungary.