Now there’s more space for America’s national mammal to be at home on the range. (No, not buffalo, as the song would have it*: buffalo are indigenous to South Asia and Africa, whereas bison are found in North America and parts of Europe.
In case you’re wondering what the difference is (of course you were), bison sport shaggy beards and buffalo don’t.
The World Wildlife Fund reports that bison in Badlands National Park now have an additional 22,553 acres in which to roam. In 2017, over 2,500 donors to WWF and partner organizations raised nearly $750,000 to build 43 miles of a new fence that extends bison habitat in the park to 80,193 acres.
This October, the WWF released bison into the new area—the first time they’ve set hoof on this land since 1877.
*Let’s be honest,”Give me a home where the bison roam” doesn’t exactly flow.