Bison Family Album

Learn more about the Dunn Ranch Prairie bison herd!

Every spring, Dunn Ranch Prairie welcomes new bison calves to the herd. Typically born around the end of April and into May, our staff monitors the herd to look for new calves.

Bison at Dunn Ranch Prairie come from a herd that is disease free. Safety is a top priority for the Conservancy, which has more than 25 years of experience in bison management.

Bison are a part of Missouri’s natural heritage. Before they were hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, bison roamed the Great Plains for nearly 10,000 years.

The bison herd’s presence on the prairie is restoring key processes, like trampling and selective grazing, that are important for a healthy grassland.

The herd instinctively surrounds the calves to protect them from predators - the calves in this photo are very well hidden!

Dunn Ranch Prairie provides educational opportunities for school groups and other visitors, drawing tourists to the area.

Dunn Ranch Prairie is now home to over 100 American bison!


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