Roztocze National Park and its Ponies

"Environmental protection in Roztocze has a tradition reaching the end of the 16th century, when fragments of Central Roztocze were included in Zamoyski Estate. A type of zoo – menagerie was then established and surrounded by a 30-kilometre fence, within which wild animals were kept.  Roztocze National Park is a typical forest location. 95% of the area is covered by beech, pine and fir forests. In the Park, there are more than 400 monumental trees; local fir trees grow up to 50 metres.

Large mammals are represented by deer, wild boars, wolves, lynx and badgers. The biggest attraction of the Park is a wild Polish Pony herd living in an allocated enclave. Polish Pony is a species coming from Przewalski’s Horse. Until the end of the 18th century they lived in forest areas of Eastern Poland. All year, Ponies live in the wild, human interference is limited only to feeding in the winter season. Every year, a couple of foals are born in the herd. The Ponies may be observed from a special observation tower by Echo pond, few hundred metres behind Zwierzyniec in the direction of Górecko Stare. Wild herds of Polish Ponies may be seen also in Biebrza National Park, Popielno and Stobnica.

A natural attraction of Roztocze are Szum and Nad Tanwią reserves located south of the Park. The reserves include valleys of small forest rivers with picturesque waterfalls and river steps called here szumy, szypoty or porohy.” (source)

fot: Mariusz Cieszewski