Bison bonasus - POLAND/BIALOWIEZA FOREST
"This is Europe's largest herbivore, weighing in at over 1,000 kilos. Hunted as close to extinction as any animal can be, there are now around 2,000 European bison roaming in the wild, and another 2,000 in captivity. The Bialowieza forest, straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, is the area where the bison -- or Wisent -- clung on and survived.
Bialowieza is one of the very few remaining European old-growth broadleaf forests, and is constantly threatened by logging interests. There are however plans to expand the protected areas on the Polish side."
Photo credit: Stefano Unterthiner for Wild Wonders of Europe Text: Wild Wonders of Europe, The Book