The massive American bison is the largest mammal in North America. Their shaggy, heavy winter coats are shed in huge lumps. Despite their enormous 800-2,000 pound weight, an American bison can run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. When in danger or startled bison have the ability to run off, jump over objects, and swim. They also are equipped with arched horns that can grow to be two feet. Since they have very poor eyesight, they rely on their excellent sense of hearing and smell.
In 2016, the National Bison Legacy Act was put into action, which recognizes the American bison as the national mammal of the United States.
Find me at EPZ
Location: South end of the Zoo; across from elk exhibit
Arrived at EPZ: Wendy - 05/12/2003; Francis - 05/22/2004