Sedgwick County Zoo Welcomes New Bison
Bison donated to zoo by The Nature Conservancy
Wichita, KS | May 23, 2014
The Sedgwick County Zoo is pleased to introduce a new female bison – bringing our herd to three, one male and two females. We are excited to partner with The Nature Conservancy to bring this bison to the Zoo. The 1 ½ year-old bison was born on Kansas' Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and donated to the Zoo by The Nature Conservancy in Kansas.
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve’s bison herd is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. The herd started in 2009 with the introduction of 13 animals from Wind Cave National Park. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve herd now numbers 22 animals and serves as a satellite population for Wind Cave National Park. The Wind Cave herd is one of only two known public herds with no documented historic cattle interbreeding. Most bison herds have some evidence of the crossbreeding attempts with domestic cattle during the early 1900s in efforts to prevent the species from going extinct.
Visitors to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City can hike within the bison pasture, but are strongly advised to keep a sizable distance from the herd as bison are fast and agile – and potentially very dangerous. If hikers don’t wish to hike within the bison pasture, there are other trails available that still offer views of the bison.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is a not-for-profit organization, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org. Sedgwick County Zoo is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums www.waza.org. Sedgwick County Zoo has been recognized with national and international awards for its support of field conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species. It's the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas and is home to more than 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species. For more information, visit www.scz.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.