The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is protected as the largest tract of remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. We visited to see the Bison.
In 1993 the preserve started off with 300 Bison, but today there are more than 2,500.
On the day we visited, the Bison didn’t come anywhere near the main road. Apparently, that’s not the norm.
We had to view them from a distance. It was a bummer, but still… They are majestic, beautiful animals.
Do you know the difference between a Bison and a Buffalo? Both are considered “cattle,” but real Buffalo live in Asia and Africa. When the American Settlers first spotted Bison, they called them “Buffelo” because they looked similar. That’s why we refer to them as “The American Buffalo.”
Bison are good swimmers and can cross rivers over 1/2 mile wide.
Bison live in herds that are separated by sexes. At the age of two or three, the males will leave their mothers to join the rest of the bulls. At the end of the summer, the males and females will mingle together for mating.
Every year, the preserve rounds up all the bison for tagging and medical examinations. They’ll also “weed out” the older bulls, because they become ornery and difficult to deal with.
I hope I’ll be able to get a closer look next time I visit.