Welcome to National Wildlife Week.

You know one of America's iconic animals was the bison, or commonly known people referred to it as a buffalo.

At one time ranged all over the plains of North America, there were over 30 million at that time. Due to hunting and disease and other problems, their numbers drained drastically.

Now, the National Wildlife Federation is working on a project with tribal people to restore them.

That's right, the the buffalo or the bison was just really really important for the ecosystems of America and they were also hugely important to the indigenous populations here. And so through the National Wildlife Federation's tribal partnerships program, we're working together to bring these animals back to their native habitat and to bring them back to tribes like the Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming.

And it's so great that there's so much more interest in people viewing wildlife, but one small warning. This is an animal that weighs a ton, stands over six feet tall. They look very calm grazing alongside their own baby in Yellowstone Park. Never get out and get close and try to get a picture. they're a very flighty animal that can turn on a dime and have been known to trample people. So like all wildlife, enjoy them from a distance.

That's right, and that's what National Wildlife Week is all about. It's about celebrating our wild neighbors in this big backyard that we're all sharing.

So I hope everyone goes right now and takes the National Wildlife Week pledge.

Updated on May 29, 2024

An American Icon

The tale of the bison is one of true conservation success. In the early 20th century, the U.S. bison population dwindled to less than 1,000. Efforts from President Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Department of Interior saved the species, which now numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Watch this video to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to bring bison back to their native habitats.

Click here to discover more great animal stories.


Sources: National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation

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