Great Plains

Great Plains

In this spacious exhibit you will see animals that once roamed America’s Great Plains in vast numbers.  Over one million buffalo, officially they are bison, annually migrated between present day Canada and Texas.

In the exhibit you will see tree branches, small logs, and barrels. These are enrichment items.  Don’t be surprised to see the bison pushing the barrel around.  The bison’s horns are retained for life.

The wood bison, a smaller version of the plains bison, lived in the area that became New Jersey in early colonial times.  There is an account of a bison chasing a settler into his log cabin.  The bison forced itself through the door of the cabin and proceeded to knock the cabin down.


Wood Bison, Plains Bison


Open year-round

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