The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster happened about 30 years ago. For many years after the accident, the area was considered uninhabitable by humans and animals. Visiting the site three decades later, UGA scientists find that wildlife seems to thrive there now. With massive number of wildlife, the once disaster zone now looks like a wildlife haven. One interesting point about this study is that the wildlife in this area seems to be doing better than wildlife populations near wildlife reserves, or rather, populations near human settlements. It is a startling juxtaposition: the wildlife in a nuclear disaster site seems to be doing better than wildlife populations near human settlements.
For more information on that study: International Research Team Finds Thriving Populations In Chernobyl