Bison Biology- Facts About Bison

Are Bison and Buffalo the same? Bison or American Bison often called ‘buffalo”. Although it’s not correct, it’s an old habit formed from the first explorers seeing them and referring to them as an Ox type animal. See: Did you know?    “Buffalo” is a completely different animal than Bison, people are thinking of the Water Buffalo, also called domestic water buffalo or Asian water buffalo, as a large bovid originating in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and China. Today, it is also found in Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and some African countries.  They are known for their … Read more

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Bison facts you may not know.  Why were bison called buffalo? How the word ‘buffalo’ came into use. To the Spanish explorers the animal was called cibola or cubola. Some Spanish writers called them bisonte. Others called them armenta. Early French called them le boeuf buffe, vache sauvage or Bison d’ Amerique. Canadian voyagers called them boeuf (ox or bullock) The later French called them bufflo and later still buffelo. English colonist were using the term “buffalo” around 1710 and it 1st appeared in print around 1754. Peter Kalm, who traveled through America in 1749, spoke of them as “wilde ochsen” but … Read more