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The Białowieża Forest: Background information when reading The Extinction of Irena Rey

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The Extinction of Irena Rey

by Jennifer Croft

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The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft
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The Białowieża Forest

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Trees along the banks of a stream in Bialowieza ForestIn Jennifer Croft's The Extinction of Irena Rey, humans' domestic and professional concerns mix with those of the natural world against the background of the vast Białowieża Forest, beside which the titular author lives and hosts a personal entourage of translators. The Białowieża Forest is a complex of woodland covering 141,885 hectares (almost 550 square miles) across the border between Poland and Belarus. Located on the watershed of the Black Sea and Baltic Sea, it consists of a mix of the remaining parts of several primeval forests. Due to its unique preservation status and biodiversity, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Białowieża is "the best preserved forest ecosystem and the last low-land deciduous and mixed old-growth forest in Europe."

The Białowieża Forest is home to 59 mammal species, including the world's largest population of free-ranging European Bison, which were extinct ...

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