Who doesn’t get thrilled over animal babies? It is a natural reaction of excitement, which makes today’s news extra special! It’s been 140 years since the birth of any bison calves on the Wolakota Buffalo Range!
Let’s explain why this birth is so significant.
Did you know that hunters kill over 200,000 animals for trophies every year? That could lead to wildlife extinction, which has serious consequences not only on the animal population but also on the ecosystem and people living in the environment.
In the 1800s, over 40 million bison roamed around freely until they were hunted to near extinction.
These unfortunate events significantly impacted the Native American tribes, as the bison is considered sacred. It was their primary source for food, shelter, clothing, weapons, and spiritual strength. As more animals vanished, it was harder for the tribes to support themselves.
By the 1900s, a 40-million-bison population decreased to just a few hundred. The land on which they thrived barely had any wildlife left. The grass they roamed on was getting replaced with crops.
Since then, the Native American people have made great efforts to return bison to the plains and restore their numbers.
Wolakota Buffalo Range is the world’s largest native-owned and managed buffalo area. The organization cares about its bison and believes in putting their animals’ health above profit.
After all, the name Wolakota means peace, balance, and coming together, further emphasizing what they are about. The Lakota tribe believes that saving one species saves many more. With over 30,000 species threatened with extinction, we should all do our part to preserve nature.
The Wolakota Buffalo Range is a lasting solution that will help bring the bison back to healthier numbers. That will not only help the ecosystem but also increase opportunities for the community and its culture. For example, ecotourism and educational outreach are a part of the plan.
This is why the birth of the two bison calves is such significant and remarkable news. It’s a story of hopeful new beginnings towards a better future, not just for animals but also for the communities that appreciate them.