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Bison and the National Park Service Centennial

BisonJulie Larsen Maher ©WCS

The American Bison Coalition (ABC) is excited to join the National Park Service (NPS) as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

Find Your Bison!

As part of the celebration—and leading up to National Bison Day on November 5, 2016—the ABC is asking everyone to tweet, post on Instagram or Facebook, or send us your best pictures and stories about bison. Pictures can be taken at a national park, wildlife refuge, zoo or anyplace that you find a bison. Make sure to use the hashtag #NationalMammal in all your posts. We'll take some of the best images and stories and share them here and on the @BisonCoalition Twitter feed.

Bison in Your National Parks

Bison, America's new National Mammal, have been an important species to the NPS from the very beginning. Yellowstone National Park, America's first, is the only place in the United States where bison have roamed freely since prehistoric times. Today, the NPS emblem contains the image of a bison.

At the turn of the 19th century, bison were almost extinct, with only about 1,000 animals remaining of the tens of millions that had once thundered across North America, mostly in the care of western ranchers. Working with these ranchers, Native American tribes, private companies and the U.S. government, a handful of these bison were shipped back east to what is now the Bronx Zoo by the American Bison Society. In 1913, 14 bison bred at the Zoo were returned to another of the country's first national parks, Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. You can read more about this story of bison at Wind Cave.

Today, the NPS manages nine bison herds in nine national parks across the western United States. Go visit one, take a picture of your #NationalMammal, and post it!

National Parks with Bison Herds

AZA Zoos with Bison

*Denotes an American Bison Coalition member