NEW YORK — Six majestic American bison have been transferred from the Bronx Zoo to a Native American tribe within the Southwest.
The animals had been despatched to the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, the place the tribute has been constructing its herd for 4 years.
The breeding program on the Bronx Zoo has truly been happening for greater than 100 years.
“As early as 1907, the Bronx Zoo was breeding bison for reintroduction. Actually, the very first reintroduction occurred right here in Oklahoma once we despatched 15 bison to the Wichita Reserve Bison Refuge,” mentioned Dr. Patrick Thomas, basic curator and affiliate director of the zoo.
The bison are particular as a result of they’re pure bred with none DNA from crossbreeding with cattle.
Almost 200 bison at the moment are roaming free on 3,000 acres of tribes’ ancestral land.