“Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam…” Wish granted! 😉
Taken last weekend, this handsome fellow was walking along the prairie, grazing intermittently. Behind him, the snow-capped Rockies were standing tall and looking typically beautiful.
While they are part of the same family that includes the European and African buffalo, the bison is its own, distinct species. It is believed they were called buffalo by early North American explorers due to their resemblance to the Old-World species. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.”
In May 2016 the Bison became the official mammal of the United States, a fitting and long overdue honor. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.