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National American Bison Day

American Bison Buffalo 

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on the first Saturday in November

What's the biggest mammal in North America? Why, it's the fascinating American Bison. Also called American Buffalo, they can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. We celebrate these big, beautiful creatures today on National Bison Day


Why all the attention to the American Bison? Before Americans pushed across the western frontier, an estimated 30-60 million buffalos roamed the plains and prairies Native Americans relied on the buffalo for food, clothing, tools, and more. In the 1800s, buffalo were hunted almost to extinction. Today, the are only an estimated 10,000 bison in 17 herds remaining in the U.S. They can be found in 11 Western U.S. states and in Alaska. Bison also exist in Canada.


How can you and I participate in this very special day? There's a number of things we can do. Learning more about the American Bison is a great way to start. Public libraries and the Internet abound with images and information. Spend some time immersing yourself into these bison resources. Second, learn how to protect and preserve the shrinking Bison habitat. There's only a few these of these protected animals left in the wild. The health and safety of each one is vital so your kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy them. Make an effort to support any Bison protection legislation that may come up. You can also make plans to visit a Buffalo nature preserve. Tours are available. That will certainly be a thrilling and memorable trip.

Bison Trivia

  • Bison originated Southeast Asia during the Early Pleistocene Period, about 2.5-2.6 million years ago.
  • 30 to 60 million Bison once roamed the U.S. West plains and prairies.
  • A baby bison is called a "red dog".
  • There are 17 herds, totaling about 10,000 bison remaining in the wild.
  • Bison have poor eyesight, but excellent sense of hearing and smell.
  • Yellowstone Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have lived continuously since pre-historic times.
  • Bison are fast. They can run up to 35 mph.
  • Bison live up to 20 years.


Thought for the Day: "If you want to kill an idea in the world, get a committee to work on it." - - Charles Keating

History and Origin of National Bison Day:

Every year since 2012, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution declaring National Bison Day on the first Saturday of November.

On May 9, 2012, President Barak Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, making he American Bison the National Mammal of the U.S.


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