What's On A Buffalo Nickel? Not A Buffalo!

What's On A Buffalo Nickel? Not A Buffalo!

Though many people refer to the American bison as a buffalo, the two are different. The two main buffalo species—African cape buffalo and Asian water buffalo—live in Africa and Asia, and look quite different from bison. Buffalo and bison do share a taxonomic family, however, as they're both bovids.


from Exploring the Nature of Wyoming | UWyo Extension

Key Facts In This Video

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    Many people mistakenly think that American bison are buffalo. (0:02)

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    In historical journals, people recount seeing herds of buffalo that were approximately the size of Rhode Island. (0:33)

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    Bison numbers were reduced to the thousands as America was colonized and industrialized. (0:55)

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