The world’s worst ever nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine back in 1986, and its effects are still being felt today. A 30-km (19-mile) exclusion zone is in place around the disaster site, which is still highly contaminated with the radiation released following the accident.
While not fit for human habitation, wildlife has made a remarkable comeback in the exclusion zone; there are said to be more than 60 different types of mammals living there including wild boar and elk. Wolves are doing especially well, with a population that is seven times the size of wolf populations in neighboring reserves.
Far from becoming the barren wasteland that many predicted after the catastrophic event the area has, in the absence of humans, become host to a great biodiversity. It really shows the power of nature to recover when left alone without us around to get in the way of things!
Proof of this can be seen in this fascinating list compiled by Bored Panda. Marvel at the way that grey concrete blocks are gradually giving way to greenery, as plants and trees slowly engulf the ruins of the former Soviet town. You can also meet some of the local wildlife celebrities, who are looking remarkably healthy considering the highly contaminated land around them.
So scroll down below to see Mother Nature majestically reclaiming her territory, and let us know what you think in the comments!
I Finally Met The Famous Pripyat Fox Simon
Nature Taking Over Pripyat. What Is The Cost Of Lies?
A group of Przewalski’s horses grazing in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone. In the background the New Safe Confinement (“Sarcophagus 2”) can be seen.
The Buildings In Pripyat Have Not Received Maintenance For More Than 30 Years, Here In The Hospital The Dereliction Is Obvious
30 Years Later, Pripyat Has Turned Into A Sort Of Nature Reserve
Tree Growing On The 8th Floor
Nature Wins The Battle Against Civilization
Meet Simon, The Red Fox Of The Radioactive Red Forest
A very huge building in Pripyat. In the basement lies the clothes of firemen who where first to the accident site after the meltdown. The room with the clothes is one of the most radioactive spots in the whole exlusion zone
Residence Hall For The Plant Workers
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Pripyat – The Ghost City Crowned By Sweet Silence And Beautiful Wild Nature
Nature Taking Over
Overgrown House In Zalissya (Village Inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)
Looking At The Chernobyl Power Plant From Pripyat
Pripyat – Palace Of Culture “Energetik”
Pripyat – River Boat
Four Floor Up In A School Building And The Wild Life Is Taking Over
Pripyat: Nature Taking Over
Overgrown Rails. Nature Takes Everything Back
Carnival Swings, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Nature Is Slowly Taking Back The Derelict Buildings In This Eerie Ghost Town
With the lack of people, nature has reclaimed the city. Foxes, roe deer, birds of prey, wild horses, and even wolves can now be found living throughout the dense forests of Chernobyl.
Visited Chernobyl. The Overgrown Amusement Park Of Pripyat!
Abandoned Apartment In Pripyat, Ukraine
The Pripyat amusement park was to be opened on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations but the plans were interrupted when on April 26 the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away. The park was opened for a couple of hours on April 27 to keep the city people entertained before the announcement to evacuate the city was made. Today, the park, and in particular the Ferris wheel, are a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.
Pripyat Is No Longer The Ghost Town What It Was. Now It Is Consumed By The Forest And Plants. Nature Persistently Takes It Back
Ghost City Pripyat Against The Background Of A New Confinement Over The Fourth Nuclear Power Unit Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Pripyat – Lenin Square
Mother Nature Reclaims Her Land Slowly But Steady
Ferris Wheel – Then And Now
Pripyat Town Square
Ghost Town Where Nature Took Over
An Old Phone Box Hidden Away In The Undergrowth In Pripyat. Unused Since 1986
Today Our Team Came Across The Burial Site Of A Beloved Pet In Chernobyl
WWII-Era Russian Isu-152 Assault Gun Abandoned In Chernobyl
Chernobyl – Children’s Camp “Emerald”
This Line Is Currently Unavailable, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Chernobyl Bus Station
Nature Slowly Taking Over The Swimming Pool Of Pripyat
Meanwhile In Chernobyl Zone
Central Stadium In Pripyat
Microdistrict Number 4
Novarka And The 4th Reactor As Seen From Pripyat
Chernobyl From Air
On Top Of The Apartment Complex
Primary School Playground Slide
View From Roof Of Polissya Hotel. You Can Start To See The Way Nature Has Taken Over
Abandonned School In Pripyat Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Abandoned House In A Village Close To Chernobyl
Pripyat Amusement Park
Pripyat – School No. 2
Abandoned Market/Café On A Sunny Day In Pripyat, Ukraine
Gymnasium With Trees Growing From The Floor (Pripyat)
Room For Newborns