National Buffalo Museum
and Prairie Winds Gift Shop
500 17th St SE * Jamestown, ND 58401
701-252-8648 * 1-800-807-1511
Jamestown, ND – White Cloud and the National Buffalo Museums have been spotted — by CNN, which recently honored them in an article as one of “50 states, 50 spots for 2014.”
North Dakota’s listing for the National Buffalo Museums specifically mentions each of the three white buffalo by name — White Cloud, Dakota Legend, and Dakota Miracle — and encourages viewers to ask where the bison are roaming when they arrive at the museum in the summer.
The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the buffalo, beginning 1,000 years ago through the present day, Penrod said. There’s even an art collection depicting bison from various perspectives.
There are currently 29 head of bison roaming the winter pasture, with 15 on the south side and 14 on the north. The white bison are always on the north side.
All the bison originate from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, including White Cloud.
After 19 years in Jamestown, White Cloud returns to Shirek Buffalo
White Cloud, the albino bison that has become a symbol of Jamestown, was returned Saturday to Shirek Buffalo.
The National Buffalo Museum announced White Cloud’s departure Monday morning. In the press release, the museum explained that a bison can live in captivity 20 to 25 years. Because of White Cloud’s albinism, her life expectancy is unknown.
During her time here White Cloud has had 11 bison calves including another white bison named Dakota Miracle. Dakota Miracle remains part of the herd at the National Buffalo Museum.
“We are aware of her health,” said Don Williams, president of the National Buffalo Museum’s board, in the press release. “Summers are hard on her. As an albino, she can’t regulate her body temperature as well in heat.”
Williams said Shirek Buffalo, the buffalo farm where White Cloud was born, will be able to care for White Cloud during the summer in ways the National Buffalo Museum staff and volunteers can’t.
White Cloud was born on July 10, 1996, at Shirek Buffalo Farm. The Shirek family wanted to make the rare albino bison more visible to the public, so the family made a special arrangement with the museum for White Cloud to live with the bison herd that lives on the grounds around the museum in 1997.
The museum staff estimated that more than 3 million visitors have stopped to see White Cloud during the 19 years she was in Jamestown.
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Jim Allison from the museum said,
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