68 Photos Of Mother Nature Reclaiming The Territory Around Chernobyl

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!

#1

I Finally Met The Famous Pripyat Fox Simon

I Finally Met The Famous Pripyat Fox Simon

#2

Nature Taking Over Pripyat. What Is The Cost Of Lies?

Nature Taking Over Pripyat. What Is The Cost Of Lies?

#3

Przewalski’s Horses

Przewalski's Horses

A group of Przewalski’s horses grazing in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone. In the background the New Safe Confinement (“Sarcophagus 2”) can be seen.

#4

The Buildings In Pripyat Have Not Received Maintenance For More Than 30 Years, Here In The Hospital The Dereliction Is Obvious

The Buildings In Pripyat Have Not Received Maintenance For More Than 30 Years, Here In The Hospital The Dereliction Is Obvious

#5

30 Years Later, Pripyat Has Turned Into A Sort Of Nature Reserve

30 Years Later, Pripyat Has Turned Into A Sort Of Nature Reserve

#6

Tree Growing On The 8th Floor

Tree Growing On The 8th Floor

#7

Pripyat

Pripyat

#8

Duga Radar

Duga Radar

#9

Nature Wins The Battle Against Civilization

Nature Wins The Battle Against Civilization

#10

Meet Simon, The Red Fox Of The Radioactive Red Forest

Meet Simon, The Red Fox Of The Radioactive Red Forest

#11

Pripyat Hospital

Pripyat Hospital

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

#12

Overgrown Building

Overgrown Building

#13

Residence Hall For The Plant Workers

Residence Hall For The Plant Workers

#14

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

#15

Pripyat

Pripyat

#16

Pripyat – The Ghost City Crowned By Sweet Silence And Beautiful Wild Nature

Pripyat - The Ghost City Crowned By Sweet Silence And Beautiful Wild Nature

#17

Nature Taking Over

Nature Taking Over

#18

Overgrown House In Zalissya (Village Inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)

Overgrown House In Zalissya (Village Inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone)

#19

Looking At The Chernobyl Power Plant From Pripyat

Looking At The Chernobyl Power Plant From Pripyat

#20

Pripyat – Palace Of Culture “Energetik”

Pripyat - Palace Of Culture "Energetik"

#21

Pripyat – River Boat

Pripyat - River Boat

#22

Hospital

Hospital

#23

Four Floor Up In A School Building And The Wild Life Is Taking Over

Four Floor Up In A School Building And The Wild Life Is Taking Over

#24

Pripyat: Nature Taking Over

Pripyat: Nature Taking Over

#25

Overgrown Rails. Nature Takes Everything Back

Overgrown Rails. Nature Takes Everything Back

#26

Carnival Swings, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Carnival Swings, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

#27

Pripyat

Pripyat

#28

Pripyat

Pripyat

#29

Nature Is Slowly Taking Back The Derelict Buildings In This Eerie Ghost Town

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.

#30

Visited Chernobyl. The Overgrown Amusement Park Of Pripyat!

Visited Chernobyl. The Overgrown Amusement Park Of Pripyat!

#31

Abandoned Apartment In Pripyat, Ukraine

Abandoned Apartment In Pripyat, Ukraine

#32

Swing Set

Swing Set

#33

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

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.

#34

Pripyat Is No Longer The Ghost Town What It Was. Now It Is Consumed By The Forest And Plants. Nature Persistently Takes It Back

Pripyat Is No Longer The Ghost Town What It Was. Now It Is Consumed By The Forest And Plants. Nature Persistently Takes It Back

#35

Ghost City Pripyat Against The Background Of A New Confinement Over The Fourth Nuclear Power Unit Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Ghost City Pripyat Against The Background Of A New Confinement Over The Fourth Nuclear Power Unit Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

#36

Pripyat – Lenin Square

Pripyat - Lenin Square

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This Flower’s Petals Look Like Hummingbirds This Flower’s Petals Look Like Hummingbirds

#37

Mother Nature Reclaims Her Land Slowly But Steady

Mother Nature Reclaims Her Land Slowly But Steady

#38

Ferris Wheel – Then And Now

Ferris Wheel - Then And Now

#39

Pripyat Town Square

Pripyat Town Square

#40

Ghost Town Where Nature Took Over

Ghost Town Where Nature Took Over

#41

An Old Phone Box Hidden Away In The Undergrowth In Pripyat. Unused Since 1986

An Old Phone Box Hidden Away In The Undergrowth In Pripyat. Unused Since 1986

#42

Today Our Team Came Across The Burial Site Of A Beloved Pet In Chernobyl

Today Our Team Came Across The Burial Site Of A Beloved Pet In Chernobyl

#43

WWII-Era Russian Isu-152 Assault Gun Abandoned In Chernobyl

WWII-Era Russian Isu-152 Assault Gun Abandoned In Chernobyl

#44

Chernobyl – Children’s Camp “Emerald”

Chernobyl - Children's Camp "Emerald"

#45

This Line Is Currently Unavailable, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

This Line Is Currently Unavailable, Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

#46

Chernobyl Bus Station

Chernobyl Bus Station

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#47

Nature Slowly Taking Over The Swimming Pool Of Pripyat

Nature Slowly Taking Over The Swimming Pool Of Pripyat

#48

Meanwhile In Chernobyl Zone

Meanwhile In Chernobyl Zone

#49

Central Stadium In Pripyat

Central Stadium In Pripyat

#50

Microdistrict Number 4

Microdistrict Number 4

#51

Novarka And The 4th Reactor As Seen From Pripyat

Novarka And The 4th Reactor As Seen From Pripyat

#52

Chernobyl From Air

Chernobyl From Air

#53

On Top Of The Apartment Complex

On Top Of The Apartment Complex

#54

Pripyat School

Pripyat School

#55

Primary School Playground Slide

Primary School Playground Slide

#56

View From Roof Of Polissya Hotel. You Can Start To See The Way Nature Has Taken Over

View From Roof Of Polissya Hotel. You Can Start To See The Way Nature Has Taken Over

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#57

Abandonned School In Pripyat Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Abandonned School In Pripyat Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

#58

Pripyat

Pripyat

#59

Abandoned House In A Village Close To Chernobyl

Abandoned House In A Village Close To Chernobyl

#60

Pripyat Amusement Park

Pripyat Amusement Park

#61

Pripyat, Chernobyl

Pripyat, Chernobyl

#62

Pripyat

Pripyat

#63

Pripyat – School No. 2

Pripyat - School No. 2

#64

Abandoned Market/Café On A Sunny Day In Pripyat, Ukraine

Abandoned Market/Café On A Sunny Day In Pripyat, Ukraine

#65

Gymnasium With Trees Growing From The Floor (Pripyat)

Gymnasium With Trees Growing From The Floor (Pripyat)

#66

May 2019

May 2019

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#67

Room For Newborns

Room For Newborns

#68

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