Life after Chernobyl: Hidden Camera Reveals Thriving Wildlife Inside ‘The Zone’


Shaun Walker
London Independent
January 26, 2013

COMMENT: As we’ve previously reported, eco-fascists have been hailing a triumphant reclamation of nature in the wake of a mass manmade environmental disaster. Read Visit Sunny Chernobyl: Author Says Nuclear Meltdown Good for the Environment for more.

Sergei Gaschak’s photography offers an unparalleled glimpse at animal life inside “the zone”, the area of Ukraine and Belarus that has been officially closed off to human habitation since the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe of 1986.

Using camera traps to take photographs mechanically, as well as taking photographs personally, Gaschak has captured what few have been able to see with their own eyes – the remarkable diversity of wildlife within the zone. >>>VIEW IMAGE GALLERY

One of the first rescuers on the site of the nuclear disaster, Gaschak has devoted recent years to photographing lynxes, otters, owls and other wildlife, and has even discovered the footprints of brown bears. The exclusion zone stretches for miles around the site of the reactor, and includes Pripyat, which was once a thriving Soviet town of 50,000 inhabitants but has remained a ghost town since the disaster, a time warp of perestroika-era Soviet life.

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