Habitat: Great Plains
Length: 6.8' to 10'
Height: 5' to 6.5'
Weight: 770 - 2204 lbs
Average Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation Period: 270 to 285 days
Number of Young: 1
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
- Also known as the American buffalo
- Mature males usually move about alone, or in small bachelor groups
- Adult females live with their young in a hierarchical herd, led by a dominant female
- Males fight fiercely for the right to mate, which usually involves head-to-head ramming
- Able to run at speeds up to 37 miles per hour
- Eyesight is poor, but sense of smell and hearing are acute
- Once had the widest natural range of any North American herbivore, extending from Mexico to Alaska
American Bison Coloring Sheet