Reserva de Valdeserrillas, Valencia
Valdeserrillas has been set up as an animal reserve and is supported by the Municipality of Benageber. The current size of the reserve is 365 hectares. The amount of hectares is bound to increase in this and following years. Valdeserrillas is also in the final stage of acquiring UNESCO status.
True Nature Foundation and Valdeserrillas plan to restore the degraded landscape and bring back ecological processes, such as natural grazing and improved conditions for insects, birds and other wildlife.
In April 2016, in total 12 European bison have been released into Valdeserrillas Nature Reserve - the largest bison reintroduction ever in Western Europe. True Nature Foundation collaborated with the European Bison breeding programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
The first seven bison came from Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland, while another five European Bison came from Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, United Kingdom Both parks work in conjunction with the Aspinall Foundation who also supported the transport of the UK animals to Spain.
The release of the European Bison, or Wisent, as they are known in Europe, is part of an ambitious project to restore the once seriously endangered large herbivore to its former ecological range.