The recent birth of a baby bison was a cause for great excitement at Fota Wildlife Park. But it left many wondering, “what exactly is a bison?”. We’ve done a little research and found that bisons are within the subfamily of Bovinae. There are two extant and four extinct species recognised. Three of the extinct species were from North America with the fourth coming from parts of Western Europe and Central Asia. The surviving species can be found in North America mostly. The American bison is also known as the American buffalo.
Some basic facts about Bisons:
Typical Height: 6-6.5 feet at the shoulder.
Length: They can often be between 10 and 12.5 feet in length.
Weight: Typically, bisons weigh between 900-2,000 lbs. Males will be heavier than females.
Lifespan: 18-22 years in the wild; over 30 years in captivity.
What to get up close and personal? Visit the new baby bison at Fota Wildlife Park.