Salisbury Zoo adds two new bison for herd of three

The Salisbury Zoo has welcomed two young female bison, following the death of its male last June.

Zoo officials searched for compatible companions for Agnes, the older female bison at the zoo, and knew young females would be best. They also wanted bison from the East Coast, to make it easier to transport the large mammals.

With the help of a former bison farmer, the zoo registrar located them at a farm in Delaware. They were taken to the zoo on March 30 and temporarily kept in a quiet area while the three animals got to know each other.

Zoo paths were then opened for regular viewing.

The Delmarva Zoological Society helped with the acquisition, using money raised during the Just Zoo It! Campaign.

In 2018 more than $29,000 was raised.

In 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, making the American Bison the national mammal of the United States.

Bison were plentiful in the early 1800s but by late that century, there were only a few hundred left in the United States due to unregulated shooting and habitat loss occurred during the settlement of the west.

With the help of the Department of Interior, the American Bison Society and the New York Zoological Society, the number of American Bison rose in the early 1900s.

At Yellowstone National Park, there are about 4,900.

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