The “gift” to the PRC was made by dictator Lukashenka.
Two Belarusian bison kept in semi-free conditions from the Bielawieża Forest National Park were taken to China, where they were transferred to the Beijing Qingchuan Zoo.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka handed over a gift certificate for animals to the Chinese authorities during his state visit to China earlier this year, reports the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Earlier, the environmental agencies of Belarus and China signed an Agreement on the protection of the European bison. In accordance with it, the PRC undertakes to provide care for animals under conditions that meet the veterinary and sanitary requirements necessary for this species.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, there are currently 11 free-living bison populations in Belarus. Their numbers over the past 32 years have increased by more than 7.3 times and reached 2,616 individuals.