The bison is an American conservation success story. In the early 1900’s, the bison was on the verge of extinction – numbering fewer than 1,100 individuals after roaming North America in the tens of millions only a century earlier. In 1907 and 1913, the Bronx Zoo sent herds of Bronx-bred bison out west to re-establish the species in its native habitat.
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WCS is continuing our tradition of using science-based solutions both in the field and in our wildlife parks to maintain viable bison populations, and to preserve this icon of American heritage.
In April of 2016, WCS and other members of the American Bison Coalition celebrated passage of the National Bison Legacy Act by Congress—making the bison the National Mammal of the United States. President Obama signed the legislation on May 9, 2016.
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