Project Description

(Bison bison)

The White Bison is the same species as the American Bison, but possessing white fur as an adult instead of the normal dark brown colored fur. White Bison may be: albino, leucistic (white fur with blue eyes, instead of pink seen in albinos), or a beefalo (a bison-cattle crossbreed where they inherit the white color from their cattle ancestry). The White Bison at African Safari are leucistic. White Bison are considered to be sacred or spiritually significant to many Native American religions. White Bison are extremely rare, with estimation that they only occur in approximately one out of every 10 million births.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: North America

Weight: 701 - 2,200 lbs

Size: 5 - 6 feet tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: 15 years in the wild, up to 25 years in captivity

Diet: Cool season grasses, including sedges, compose 79-96% of their diet. In northern areas, they will also consume snow on a daily basis.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

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