Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Meet Our Bison
Our bison came to the Zoo from the American Prairie Reserve in Montana when they were about one year old. They were part of a herd of pure bison, animals that have never been bred with domestic cattle. These animals' genes are valuable! One day, they will breed with pure males: their offspring will be part of a new, larger herd of American bison.
The land that makes up the American Prairie Reserve was without bison for more than 120 years until the species was reintroduced in 2005. The Reserve's goal is to have the largest conservation herd of bison in the world. The animals you see today represent continuing efforts in the recovery of this iconic species and its habitat. The Zoo is grateful to the American Prairie Reserve for the gift of our bison—and for its dedication to restoring our nation's bison population.
Learn more aobut the Reserve at www.americanprairie.org.
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Location. 38° 55.902′ N, 77° 3.134′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Olmsted Walk. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. And Then There Were (Almost) None (a few steps from this marker); Bison and the National Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker); Feeding Times at the Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker); It's Our 125th Birthday! (within shouting distance of this marker); House Remodeling (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olmsted Walk (about 400 feet away); Smithsonian's National Zoo (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.