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National Bison month is celebrated to show respect for these peaceful animals, as well as to celebrate their comeback, as there was once a time where they nearly went extinct!

There are two living species of Bison left: the American Bison and the European Bison. These gentle creatures roam in river valleys, prairies, and plains. You can also find them in hilly and mountainous areas.

Here are a few fun facts about Bison:

  • The American Bison was named the country’s National Mammal back in 2016.
  • In 1889, the bison population was almost extinct: there were only 541 living bison left!
  • Bison may be big, but they can run fast, reaching speeds of up to 35 mph!
  • President Teddy Roosevelt helped save bison from extinction by supporting various conservation efforts.
  • Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, weighing up to 2,000 pounds and standing 6 ft tall!

P.S.: Did you know that a rare white bison calf was born in Yellowstone National Park at the beginning of June?

This calf was officially named by Native American tribal members on June 27th 2024. Following a big celebration, it was announced that the calf was named Wakan Gli, meaning “Return Sacred” in Lakota.

Check out some of these books to learn more about these amazing creatures:

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