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Buffalo vs Bison

One question that we hear a lot is: “What is the difference between Buffalo and Bison?" Quite simply, both names refer to the same animal. This has caused a lot of confusion but both terms are widely used and accepted.

Buffalo or Bison

The name Buffalo is thought to have originated from European explorers who confused the animal they found in the New World with animals they were more familiar with - African or Asian Buffalo. As with the misnaming of Native Americans, the name stuck. Our national animal was only given the name Bison after European scientists studied the skeletons years later. Today the word Buffalo is often used for American Bison.

There are two sub-species of American Bison (Bison bison). The first is the Plains Bison - originally found in huge numbers on the Great Plains. The second is the Wood Bison which lived in smaller herds on the woody edges of the Great Plains, and are now mostly found in the forests of central Canada.

At Wild Idea Buffalo Co. we raise 100% Grass-Fed Bison that roam freely on the Great Plains of South Dakota much like their ancestors did for generations and long before the names got muddled.

Learn more about how we raise our buffalo (or "bison" if you prefer) here.


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