Today is National Bison Day, and the Calgary Zoo took to Twitter to celebrate the day and highlight the importance of its conservation.
“Happy National Bison Day!” said the zoo.
Happy #NationalBisonDay! We couldn’t help but shine a light on this very special species. Brought to the brink of extinction just over 100 years ago, bison recovery has been a mission for conservation teams across Canada ever since. ???? #Our ZooYYC pic.twitter.com/lqSjcA7IC2
— Calgary Zoo (@calgaryzoo) November 5, 2022
The zoo adds bison were on the brink of extinction 100 years ago, prompting conservation efforts across Canada to save the species.
Bison play an important role in the balance of nature, and are also considered sacred in many indigenous communities.
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Currently, there are 2,200 plains bison and 11,000 wood bison roaming the wild in Canada, but this is a small number, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada (WCS).
The species is still considered vulnerable due to habitat loss and disease.
“One of the biggest factors limiting further recovery of bison is the loss of grasslands across the western grasslands is now one of Canada’s most threatened habitats,” WCS said on their website.
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