Wood Bison

(Bison bison athabascae)


North America: Canada, Alaska

Grass, herbs, leaves, bark

Females up to 600 kg
Males up to 1.000 kg

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 283 days

Achievable age
up to 23 years

Last resort
Wood Bisons are the largest land mammals in North America. They even surpass the more well-known Plains Bisons. Mass shooting during the times of European immigrants nearly wiped out both subspecies. Due to conservation breeding in zoological gardens as well as resettlement, several thousand Bisons once again live today in national parks and conservation areas in North America.

Did you know that?

  • If danger threatens, Bisons can reach top speeds of 50 km/h.
  • Their thick winter fur keeps them warm at minus 40 °C.