Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Bisonte Americano —
The Bison is the largest land animal in North America. The males may weigh up to 2,500 pounds, and both sexes have horns.
Distribution: Formerly inhabitants of the central plains and prairies of North America, they are now restricted to protected reserve areas in state and federal parks.
Behavior: In the middle nineteenth century there were an estimated sixty million Bison. By 1889, the development of the railroad, uncontrolled hunting and the increase in agricultural development had reduced the entire population to less than one thousand animals. Through dedication of the New York Zoological Society, this majestic beast was saved from extinction. Bison, to rid themselves of parasites, frequently wallow in the dust or mud, and then rub against boulders, trees and other objects. They feed in the early morning and late evening, and rest in the daytime. During the July to September mating season, the bulls fight for herd dominance. The gestation period is about nine months, and the calf will nurse for a year. Life expectancy is thirty years.
Food: Wild - Grasses and plants. Zoo
Erected by Friends of the Salisbury Zoo.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 38° 21.66′ N, 75° 34.966′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker can be reached from South Park Drive, 0.3 miles west of Memorial Plaza, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Park Ave, Salisbury MD 21801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beaver (within shouting distance of this marker); American Alligator (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Evolution of the "Best Little Zoo in North America" (about 600 feet away); Wicomico Treasures (about 600 feet away); Here We Mark the Price of Freedom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Non Native Plants (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wetland Marsh (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wooded Wetland (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.