Wildlife in the Exclusion Zone in Chernobyl
This chapter “Wildlife in the Exclusion Zone in Chernobyl” explores the state of wildlife in Chernobyl three decades after the nuclear disaster, as a comparative reference for the wildlife in Fukushima in the near future. Wildlife appears to be thriving in Chernobyl, which is evidenced by the rebound of the population of gray wolves that are the top predators in the area. However, scientific studies of the population thus far are inconclusive regarding the effects of low-level, long-term radiation on their health. The wildlife in Chernobyl also gives insight into the possibility of rewilding projects in Fukushima and elsewhere.