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Bison Duo Move in to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 21, 2021 3:40 am

American bison at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

An American bison in its new habitat at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Photo Credit: Jack Bradley/ Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Guests visiting the Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will once again be able to meet the U.S. National mammal, the American bison.

A mother/ daughter duo made up of a six year old female, Clara and a one year old female, Eleanor have made the move from Roer's Zoofari in Virginia to the zoo.

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Bison have had a place at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for many years. Our last two bison, Dakota and Sweetpea, were a beloved pair that passed away from extreme old age in the past few years. We’re happy to welcome back this iconic American species.”

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The American bison is regarded as one of the best conservation success stories in U.S. history. Having once roamed the plains in their millions they dwindled to just a few hundred by the 1800s due to hunting. In 1905 the Bronx Zoo began a breeding program to restore the species and they can once again be found in all 50 states.

They are occasionally referred to as the bison due to their similarities to the Asian and African water buffalo.

Clara and Eleanor are among many new arrivals at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo including two dexter cows and the black and gold howler monkeys Ella and Lina.

American bison at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

An American bison in its new habitat at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Photo Credit: Jack Bradley/ Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Learn more about American Bison here – American bison Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo on their website – Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

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