The American Bison, Bison bison, is a bovid native to North America. It is available in Zoo Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species.

American bison are incorrectly referred to as "buffalo". The closest relative of the American bison is the European bison, Bison bonasus. They are only distantly related to what are known as "true buffalo", which includes the African buffalo, found in African Adventure.

During the last ice age, American bison were among the most widespread animals in the North American continent. Their numbers decreased drastically during the 19th century by as they came close to extinction, with only 1,200 left. They are now considered a great success story in conservation, as their numbers are now in the 300,000-350,000 range.

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Bison live in the grassland biome. They like to roam around in large exhibits.


Bison are herbivores that feed on grass and hay.


Bison like to use the salt lick.


Bison will use the shade structure for shelter.


Bison are social animals that live in very large herds. Males will mate with more than one female. Females give birth to 1 calf at a time. They are not aggressive animals and do not mind sharing their exhibits with other animals.