American Bison


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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Open year-round


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  • Steep Hill
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Read about American Bison's Debut

Explore our digital timeline for a look at American Bison’s history, as well as key Bronx Zoo achievements in saving animal species and connecting people to wildlife.

We hope you’ll celebrate the Bronx Zoo’s 125th birthday with us this spring and summer.

Protecting an American Icon

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.

National Mammal

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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Become a WCS Member today and begin a year of adventure at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo. Book a Wild Encounter for a personal meeting with your favorite animals and the keepers who care for them.

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