American Bison Society News

May 07, 2020

New Large-Scale North American Study on Wild Bison Identifies Genetic Diversity Concerns and Solutions for Ensuring their Long-Term Conservation

In a new large-scale study of wild bison genetics, a team of scientists funded by the U.S. National Park Service and led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has identified practical actions to maintain the genetic health of bison herds on federal lands, setting a foundation for the successful...

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October 18, 2019

BISON ON THE EDGE: Scientists, Indigenous Peoples, Government Officials, Ranchers, Gather to Develop Roadmap for Rewilding North America Bison

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Pueblo of Pojoaque will co-host a conference to advance a bold vision: rewilding the North American continent with the American bison. 

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July 16, 2019

Gearing Up for Reporting on CITES – A Cheat Sheet

All You Need to Know about the Aug. 17-28 Wildlife Trade Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

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February 13, 2019

WCS’s “9 for ‘19”: Nine Iconic Wildlife Species that will Actually do Better this Year

WCS scientists in our Global Conservation Program and in our zoos and aquarium issued a list of nine iconic wildlife species that are recovering in 2019 due to conservation action.

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November 01, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating Sat. Nov. 4 as National Bison Day

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2017) – For the fifth time in five years, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution marking National Bison Day as the first Saturday in November, which falls this year on November 4th. The resolution comes a year after bison were adopted as the U.S. National Mammal through an a...

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January 03, 2017

The new National Mammal gets its day in the sun: National Bison Day is Sat. Nov 5th

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NOVEMBER 4, 2016) – The American Bison Coalition, on behalf of its steering members is joining scores of bison-friendly groups, organizations and businesses around the country this month to celebrate our country’s first National Bison Day since the North American bison was official...

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January 03, 2017

International Efforts Needed to Save World’s Largest Mammals, Scientists Say

July 27, 2016 – A team of conservation biologists is calling for a worldwide strategy to prevent the unthinkable: the extinction of the world’s largest mammal species.

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January 03, 2017

Vote Bison Coalition Hosts Celebration of National Mammal Adoption

The Vote Bison Coalition held a special reception at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to celebrate the adoption of the North American bison as America’s national mammal. 

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January 03, 2017

Historic Bison Legislation Signed into Law by President Obama

NEW YORK (May 9, 2016) – The following is a statement from John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs:

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January 03, 2017

Senate Approves National Bison Legacy Act

Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, said: “The National Bison Legacy Act is a milestone in a long journey by WCS, its flagship Bronx Zoo, and many other partners to prevent the bison from going extinct and to recognize the bison’s ecological, cultural, historical and economic importance to the U...

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January 03, 2017

WCS Applauds Bi-Partisan House Passage of National Bison Legacy Act; Urges Senate to Take Action

April 26, 2016 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Bison Legacy Act, leaving only Senate passage and President Obama’s signature to officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.

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January 03, 2017

HOME AGAIN: WCS and Blackfeet Nation Partner to Bring Buffalo Back to Their Original Homeland

April 5, 2016 – The Blackfeet Nation,  Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada (Elk Island), the Oakland Zoo and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today that 88 plains bison have been transferred from Elk Island to the reservation of the Blackfeet Nation near Browning, Montana. 

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January 03, 2017

Senate PASSES Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2015) – The Vote Bison Coalition hailed the Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act as a major step toward officially recognizing one of America’s most iconic animals as the National Mammal of the United States. 

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January 03, 2017

Happy #NationalBisonDay! America Celebrates on Sat., Nov. 7

WASHINGTON (November 6, 2015) – The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate National Bison Day, an annual commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical and economic contribution of a national icon, the American bison. 

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January 03, 2017

Senate passes National Bison Day resolution

WASHINGTON (November 4, 2015) – Last week, the Senate passed a resolution officially recognizing National Bison Day as this Saturday, November 7, 2015.

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January 03, 2017

WCS Scientists Nominated for 2016 Indianapolis Prize

August 21, 2015 - WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) congratulates WCS scientists Joel Berger, P. Dee Boersma, and Tim Davenport for being nominated for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize— the world's leading award for animal conservation.  

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January 03, 2017

WCS is Awarded $40k Grant by National Endowment for the Humanities for Planning of New Archive Space

Bronx, NY – Aug. 10, 2015 – The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has been awarded a $40,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program to develop the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservati...

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January 03, 2017

New Report Outlines a Brighter Future for Yellowstone Bison

June 17 -- With recommendations to inform the development of a new Yellowstone-Area Bison Conservation Plan, the National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, and Wildlife Conservation Society today released a report, The Future of Yellowstone Bison Management. The report co...

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January 03, 2017

Eastern Steppe Meets Yellowstone

June 4,  2015- If you happen to be at one of several popular national parks in the next ten days, you may see a small delegation of Mongolian officials taking in the grandeur alongside you. As part of a trans-national sharing of expertise on park management issues, (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Societ...

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January 03, 2017

Wildlife Conservation Society Commemorates Endangered Species Day

Bronx, NY – May 15, 2015 – The following statement is from Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and General Director of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium.

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January 03, 2017

WCS Celebrates 120 Years with City-Wide Photo Safari #NYisWILD

New York – April 8, 2015 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding and has launched a city-wide social media photo safari at www.NYisWild.com to mark the occasion. From now through Sept.7, participants can register at www.NYisWild.com and embark on th...

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January 03, 2017

A Great Winter Adventure: WCS’s Queens Zoo

New York – Feb. 2, 2015 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo has become a winter wonderland having received several inches of snow in the past week. These five photos highlight a few animals enjoying the week’s weather.   All photo credits: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS Included photo...

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January 03, 2017

National Bison Day 2014: America Celebrates a National Icon on November 1st

On social media, bison fans are posting their #BeardsForBison Senate passed bipartisan resolution to officially commemorate National Bison Day Find a Bison Day event near you at www.votebison.org Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition is joining bison-friendly busi...

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January 03, 2017

Historic Buffalo Treaty Signed by Tribes and First Nations Along U.S. and Canada Border

Native groups from U.S. and Canada join to support restoration of bison; renew cultural and spiritual ties BOZEMAN, MT (September 24, 2014) – Yesterday afternoon, dignitaries from U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations signed a treaty—the first among them in more than 150 years—to establish intertr...

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January 03, 2017

Senate Passes National Bison Day Resolution

For the second year in a row, Senate designates National Bison Day to celebrate bison’s contributions to our culture, economy and environment Celebration of America’s Largest Land Mammal will be November 1st this year Washington, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition today applauded ...

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January 03, 2017

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo Welcomes Three New American Bison

WCS supports legislation to make bison the national mammal Flushing, N.Y. – July 25, 2014 – The herd of American bison (Bison bison) at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo just got bigger with the addition of three new females from the Bronx Zoo. Including the new additions, the Qu...

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January 03, 2017

WCS Applauds Department of the Interior’s Bison Report: Looking Forward

BOZEMAN, MT (June 30, 2014) -- The following statement was issued by Keith Aune, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Bison Program Coordinator, lead spokesperson for the American Bison Society (ABS), and Chair of the IUCN Bison Specialist Group for North America:“WCS, ABS, and the IUCN Bison Specia...

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January 03, 2017

Wild Yaks Mothers are the Real Climbers

New Study Says Females use more mountainous terrain than males NEW YORK (June 16, 2014) – A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that in wild yak societies, it’s the mothers that are the real climbers. The study found that mothers with young are on steeper terrain and sl...

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January 03, 2017

Senate Bill Introduced to Make Bison the National Mammal of the United States

National Bison Legacy Act Led by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) Bill Recognizes the Cultural, Economic, Historical and Ecological Contributions of America’s Largest Land Mammal Washington, D.C. – June 11, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition today applauded the introduction of legisl...

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January 03, 2017

WCS Congressional Testimony Makes the Case for International Conservation to Improve National Security and Quell Wildlife Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2014) – Today, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and 96 Elephants Director John Calvelli testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies to describe the need for continued U.S....

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January 03, 2017

Siberian Muskoxen Study Continues

Dr. Joel Berger of WCS and the University of Montana taking part in a landmark U.S.–Russian bilateral conservation expedition on Wrangel Island off the coast of northeastern Siberia Berger and his Russian colleagues braving wind-chills down to –70°F to gather information on the impacts of climate c...

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January 03, 2017

Study: Bison Ready for New Pastures? Protocol Used to Demonstrate Brucellosis-Free Bison from Infected Herds

Bison Ready for New Pastures?Quarantine Protocol Successfully Used to Demonstrate Brucellosis-Free Bison from Infected Herds NEW YORK (February 27, 2014)— A new study from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) demonstrates that it ...

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January 03, 2017

Paper Predicts a Future Without Carnivores Would Be Truly Scary

Scientists Report on the State of World’s Largest Carnivores and the Critical Benefits they Provide NEW YORK (January 9, 2014) — A fascinating paper released today from a team of leading scientists, including Dr. Joel Berger of the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana, reports on...

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January 03, 2017

Great American Conservation Success Story Celebrates 100-Year Milestone

Thanksgiving Day Marks the 100-Year Anniversary Of Historic Transfer of Endangered BisonWildlife Conservation Society and Wind Cave National Park Celebrate Landmark Conservation Effort that Helped Save a Species from ExtinctionEffort Helped Launch Modern Conservation MovementNEW YORK (November 25, 2...

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January 03, 2017

Happy National Bison Day!

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution; America Celebrates a National Icon on November 2ndPublic can show their support at www.votebison.orgWASHINGTON (OCTOBER 30, 2013) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Intertribal Buffalo Council, National Bison Association, and dozens of bison-friendly businesses...

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January 03, 2017

National Bison Day—Let’s Make it Official!

Senate Resolution Seeks to Celebrate American Icon on November 2nd Senator Michael Enzi and Senator Tim Johnson introduce the National Bison Day Resolution Public urged to take action at www.votebison.org WASHINGTON (SEPTEMBER 24, 2013) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Intertribal Buffalo Co...

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January 03, 2017

Three Strikes You're out in the Old... Great... Plains!

Steve Zack, WCS's Coordinator of Bird Conservation, explains the ways in which oil and gas fracking efforts may reshape the American prairie, and the consequences for grassland birds and bison.

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January 03, 2017

Dinosaur Safari Opens at WCS’s Bronx Zoo and Takes Adventurers on a Trip Through Time

More than 20 life-like animatronic dinosaurs hide in beautifully planted foliage for a fully immersive experience Tickets available in advance at: www.bronxzoo.com/dinotix Dinosaur Safari opens at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day Weekend New York, NY – May. 23, 2013 –The Wildlife Con...

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January 03, 2017

Media Preview of New Dinosaur Safari at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

Members of the media are invited to tour the new exhibit Thursday, May 23; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.Media Arrival: 10 a.m. Bronx, NY – May 21, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is inviting media to preview this summer’s newest attraction – Dinosaur Safari – on Thursday, May 23 fro...

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January 03, 2017

Celebrating the Historic Ties of Native Americans to the Bison

More than 30 million bison roamed the United States at its founding, but the largest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere nearly went extinct as Americans expanded to the west. Writing for National Geographic NewsWatch, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, John Calvelli, discusses the ways i...

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January 03, 2017

Tibetan Yaks Make a Comeback

Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks appear to be rebounding in parts of Tibet. During a recent expedition to the country’s Qinghai Plateau, WCS and Chinese conservationists counted nearly 1,000 individuals.

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January 03, 2017

Yaks are Back

WCS and University of Montana Find Nearly 1,000 Wild Yaks In Remote Tibetan Plateau Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks may be returning Wild yaks are Asia’s third largest land mammal NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — A team of American and Chinese conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation So...

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January 03, 2017

National Bison Day Celebrates a Nutritious Meat Alternative Driving Rural Economies

In a new blog post for National Geographic NewsWatch, WCS's Executive Vice President for Public Affairs discusses National Bison Day festivities, as well as WCS's ongoing efforts to elect bison the country's national mammal. With the support of a broad coalition and active constituents, WCS remains ...

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January 03, 2017

Do You Approve This Message? Bison Coalition Invites Teens to Create and Submit National Mammal PSAs

Teens can win prizes by producing a 30-60 second video advocating for the bison to become to the National Mammal Visit VoteBison.org to cast your vote Bronx, N.Y. – October 1, 2012 – The Vote Bison coalition, which is campaigning to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States, issu...

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January 03, 2017

New Conservation Category Rewards Species Success

During the September 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Korea, WCS co-sponsored a motion to create a conservation “Green List.” The newly adopted category will feature thriving species, emphasizing that conservation doesn’t merely exist to ward off extinction.

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January 03, 2017

WCS Generates News from IUCN

Delivering a keynote speech at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper shared his vision for the future of wildlife conservation.

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January 03, 2017

WCS President and CEO Delivers Keynote to IUCN

WCS President and CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper, delivered the following keynote speech during the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. His speech may be read below.Martha's Legacy:The past, present and future of species, ecosystems and human livelihoods"On September 1, 1914, nearl...

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January 03, 2017

Resumen de una Presentación de Samper Para el Congreso IUCN

EL LEGADO DE MARTHA: Pasado, presente y futuro de las especies, los ecosistemas y la subsistencia de los seres humanos Dr. Cristián Samper Wildlife Conservation Society Resumen de una presentación redactada para el Congreso IUCN en Jeju, Corea Septiembre de 2012El 1° de s...

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January 03, 2017

Ted Roosevelt V Supports National Mammal Legislation

Ted Roosevelt V, the great-great-grandson of our country's 26th President, has voiced his support for the bison as the country's national mammal. Writing for USA Today, Roosevelt recounts the mammal's storied history and explains the importance of the National Bison Legacy Act. 

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January 03, 2017

Navigating a Conservation Crossroads

Attending the World Conservation Congress in Korea, leaders from WCS promote a three-pronged approach to conservation that focuses on recognition, responsibility, and recovery. Comparing tigers and bison, WCS emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for species on the brink.

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January 03, 2017

Montanans Voice Overwhelming Support for Restoring Bison

BOZEMAN, MT ( September 5, 2012) As wildlife managers continue work on a statewide bison-management plan, a new survey underscores overwhelming public support for restoring a herd of wild, wide-ranging bison on public land in Montana. Additionally, Montana voters specifically support restoration to ...

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January 03, 2017

WCS Releases List of Asian Species at the Conservation Crossroads

Extinction or Survival? List Released at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea  Species Can be Saved if Asian Governments Take Three Rs Approach: Recognition, Responsibility, Recovery JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, September 5, 20...

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January 03, 2017

First Genetically Pure Bison Calf by Embryo Transfer

Since its inception, WCS has worked to save the American bison from extinction, and the Bronx Zoo grounds have housed bison for over one hundred years. Today, new conservation efforts focus on genetic purity in this iconic mammal. Listen and learn as Dr. Pat Thomas, Associate Director of the Bronx Z...

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January 03, 2017

Bronx Zoo Announces Birth of the First Genetically Pure Bison Calf Ever Produced by Embryo Transfer

Program will establish breeding herd of genetically pure bison for future restoration projects and U.S. zoosSuccess is result of collaboration between Colorado State University, USDA-APHIS, the American Prairie Reserve, and the Wildlife Conservation SocietyBronx Zoo’s bison legacy continues after mo...

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January 03, 2017

New Video: An Emphatic Vote Cast for Bison

Watch the full video>>With election season in full swing, race to make bison the U.S. National Mammal now a stampede New video shows bison’s unique brand of political stomping Visit www.votebison.org to cast your vote New York – August 16, 2012 – Who says bison can’t vote? The Vote Bison coaliti...

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February 22, 2016

Elk Island bison calves return to Montana's Blackfoot country

Bison from Elk Island National Park are being returned to a range in Montana, where their ancestors once roamed.

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February 13, 2016

Bison expected on the ground in Banff National Park within a year

BANFF — Despite ongoing concerns, there could be between 30 and 40 wild bison in the backcountry of Banff National Park by this time next year.

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February 12, 2016

FWS will consider transferring National Bison Range to local Indian tribes

MOIESE – In a major change of direction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entered into discussions late last week that could lead to the agency supporting legislation to transfer the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

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August 17, 2015

Pledge to Restore Wild Buffalo Unites First Nations of North America

Can the return of a wild animal to its native range help people? Many North American Plains Indians are sure that bringing back wild bison can do just that. This month in Banff National Park three bands of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and the Samson Cree Nation joined several other tribes to sign ...

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