Siberia

9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found Frozen in Time In November of 2014 it was reported: Hidden away under frozen ground for nearly 10,000 years, an extremely well-preserved bison mummy is finally ready to give up its secrets. In 2011, members of the Yukagir tribe in northern Siberia discovered the remains of a steppe bison (Bison priscus), an extinct ancestor of the modern bisonthat still roam the plains of North America and northern Europe. The almost perfectly preserved bison was transported to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Siberia, where researchers made plans to perform a necropsy, an autopsy performed on animals. … Read more

Scotland

American Plains Bison located at the bottom of the page American Bison and European Bison in Scotland   The Evening Gazette Port Jervis, New York Aug 24 1871 Mr. Giles informs us that he shall at once send men from New York to construct the fence and fish ponds. The Smithsonian Institute has tendered its aid to the Association to procure, through Major Powell of the Colorado Expedition, specimens of live antelope, bighorn sheep, and black tailed deer, and arrangements have been made for securing moose from Nova Scotia, and elk and buffalo from the far west, at prices little … Read more

Russia

European and American Bison in Russia   The Buffalo Commercial Buffalo, New York Feb 16, 1882 –By Imperial permission, a bison hunt was recently organized in the neighborhood of Balostock, in Russia, and two bison were killed and forwarded to St. Petersburg. There are considerable herds of those animals in the wild forest districts known as White Russia, and lying between Balostock and Litovsk.     First load. 2006 Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Wood Bison Transplant In 2007, 30 wood bison from Elk Island National Park were transferred to Lenski Stolbie Nature Park in the Republic of Sakha, a northeastern … Read more

Romania

Rewilding Europe May 2015 Article published by Jeremy Hance on May 12, 2015   Release of European bison in Romania. Photo by: Staffan Widstrand/Rewilding Europe. The most recent country to welcome back the bison was Romania, where the species vanished in 1862. In 2012, conservationists released five animals into Vanatori Neamt Nature Park. Since then conservationists have released 22 more in the Eastern European country and they are breeding. “Our intention…is not only to reestablish a keystone species in the ecological sense but also in a spiritual and cultural sense,” said Sebastian Catanoiu, the director of Romania’s Vanatori Neamt Nature … Read more

New Zealand

American Bison  Years ago while visiting NZ, we heard the rumor that Teddy Roosevelt donated eight bison to NZ in the early 1900’s. I have searched off and on over the years and can find no proof of that. After reading the American Bison Society reports through the years, that move would have been uncommon. America was still trying to save the bison and to make a gift of eight head would have been huge. Normally gifts to other countries were one to maybe three head. Here, the ABS was still actively raising money,  ranchers were still donating to our … Read more

Sioux Lakota

Largest Native Owned bison herd. Feb. 2021 Ron Brownotter, is such a person and proud owner of his herd. Coming from a cattle background and always wanted buffalo, he worked and studied and through hardships and perseverance made his life long dream reality.  Brownotter Buffalo Ranch on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation sprawls over 20,000 acres, home to a herd of 600. His herd is part of a buffalo resurgence at Standing Rock that also includes native herds owned by the tribe and others. (source)  “I’m raising buffalo because I’m a Lakota-Yanktonai person on Standing Rock,” he said. “We’re surviving … Read more

Ireland

American Plains Bison in Tayto Park Ireland Fota Wildlife Park in Ireland Fota Wildlife Park has a new resident! The park today announced the birth of a baby European bison, born on October 25. The five-and-a-half-week-old female was born to mother Blue and father Hyssop. The European bison, also known as the ‘wisent’ is a distinctive looking animal with a thickset body, short neck and a visible hump at the shoulder. They have a dark brown mane under the neck and forehead and a big bull can weigh up to 1,000 kilos and reach a height of six feet. Classified … Read more