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
Many people mistakenly think that American bison are buffalo. (0:02)
In historical journals, people recount seeing herds of buffalo that were approximately the size of Rhode Island. (0:33)
Bison numbers were reduced to the thousands as America was colonized and industrialized. (0:55)