American Bison

Plains Bison
Plains Bison
Plains Bison

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
SubfamilyBovinae
GenusBison
Binomial nameBison bison

Range Map

Description

The American bison is a species of mammal from North America. They are also called the American buffalo.

Their color is dark brown, getting darker in summer and lighter in winter. They measure from 2 to 2.8 m and weighs from 318 to 1,000 kg.

The bison is a herbivore eating grasses and sedges. They live in river valleys, grasslands, semi-arid lands, prairies, and plains. Their lifespan is 15 years in the wild and 25 years in captivity. They are no longer an endangered species.