On September 19, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg along with his father, Prince Richard, participated in the opening of the Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig. Basically, it is a reintroduction project of the European Bison (in German Wisent) into the forests in Bad Berleburg. The project also allows visitors to wander through the forests to catch a glimpse of these magnificent animals as well as to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Here is an absolutely horrible translation regarding the recent opening:
“Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig opens its doors for the first time to visitors.
‘This is a very special day for we Bison friends and for the region as a whole. We are very happy that our fascinating Bison project has made a very big step,’ says the first chairman of the Bison Association, Bernd Fuhrmann, day prior to opening on a tour with media representatives, partners and sponsors. ‘I thank all partners, supporters, staff and volunteers for their extraordinary dedication. Without this broad commitment would the project cannot be realized,’ said Bernd Fuhrmann, who hopes (as mayor) the new tourist attraction will help the local economy .
Bernd Fuhrmann especially thanked Their Serene Highnesses Prince Richard and Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, without their support the project would not have been possible. Because it was the vision of the family of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the largest land mammals native to Europe will again be able to be in the region again. At the very beginning, therefore, was the conservation project to save the endangered species. And, without the conservation project there would not be the Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig.
The Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig offers visitors an extraordinary experience and a special animal enjoyment of nature, is the third Chairman (and Rentkammer director) John Röhl sure. It is not a zoo and no enclosure, but a largely natural state 20 hectare area.
The Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig is constantly evolving, offering new attractions. In the medium term, therefore, is a bison’s experience exhibition drawn from the center of Bad Berleburg in the entrance area of the wilderness, a food court is planned there. The Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig is a non-commercial and initiated by individuals and supported project. It is therefore dependent on sponsors and supporters. A portion of the admission price is the sustainable financing of the conservation project.”