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April 13, 2018


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2018 Latest Arrivals

Photos by Jill O'Brien

This past week our first buffalo calves arrived on the Cheyenne River Ranch! It is always such an exciting time. A time that is full of hope and possibilities, making one believe that our mission of prairie regeneration can continue to grow. Here are a few photos, with brief explanations. 

Bison Calf & Mother

After the mother cleans the calf, she encourages it to get up right away.

Buffalo Calf & Mother
The new calf will be up and on the move within two hours of it being born. 

New Bison Calf walking

The rest of the herd is close by relaxing in the spring weather, with the buffalo birds twittering (my kind of twitter) all about with excitement. 

Buffalo with Buffalo BirdsYou can find the story "Regeneration" of my experience watching a baby bison be born here, with more photos of the buffalo herd and the newcomers. 


James M. Pierce

April 14, 2018

If we traveled West, is it possible to visit your ranch to see your herds first hand?

Ohio Jan

April 14, 2018

ah, I was wondering when the babies would be showing up! everything associated with Cheyenne River Ranch is blessed! We are patiently planning our trip to your area, although not sure of when it will be. Until then I am feasting on Wild Idea Buffalo products while attempting to get the birds unique to your area locked in my memory – sure don’t want bird books to become an bulky item to lug around. Enjoy the fits and starts of spring with its ephemeral nature before the potential heat and dryness of summer. very thankful for all that you are doing to restore the prairie and its denizens!

bob jacobson

April 14, 2018

The circle of life…Awesome ! Keep up the great work !!

Shelley Morrison

April 14, 2018

James Pierce, my husband and I took our grandchildren to SD 3 years ago, and we toured the ranch, getting up close and personal to the buffaloes. It was an awesome experience – the highlight of a great trip. LOL – Just the drive – a lot of it unpaved —to the ranch was an adventure :o) Highly recommended!


April 14, 2018

Thank you for the sweet pictures. The babies also are springing into Spring in our Wichita Mountains Refuge…

Bob Watland

April 14, 2018

Loved the photos keep up the good work!!! God bless


April 14, 2018

Bison have been a favorite animal for me. They are a great symbol of the west and Native Americans. My favorite subject to photograph and to paint.

Dana Z

April 15, 2018

Such beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

Casey Blizzard

April 15, 2018

Thank you for the pictures- beautiful, healthy babies. Love from Idaho!


April 16, 2018

In light of the recent upheaval at your home, I hope this will be a time of regeneration for you as well. Wishing you and yours (which includes the herd) the very best!


Donna Ziehm

April 16, 2018

The pictures of the new babies are just precious. One day we hope to visit your ranch and see them up close and personal.

Lisa S

April 16, 2018

Great folks (and even better neighbors) that run first class operation! Love to see those calves coming!

Vernon Cross

April 16, 2018

Through your lens there I have already witnessed the germ of an international bison herd with shared expenses and profits from international visitors going to the host countries in an agreeable split. As National Park Service assignment wouldn’t that be the bomb, winters included, for an aspiring ranger. So miraculous that our nation includes herds such as yours. I suggest an eagle and bison logo for the park, oh. . .and a maple leaf.

Rose Theodoredis

April 17, 2018

Beautiful pictures. Would love to visit your ranch sometime. Don’t get to S. Dak. much anymore.Have a brother in Rapid City, who got us aware of you guys.

Mike Thompson

April 17, 2018

I share your opinion about “twitter”. Thanks for the great photos. Congrats to the new “mother”.


April 17, 2018

I always enjoy nature scenes in the spring. Time for new beginnings, rebirth, new hopes. Beautiful photos.


April 21, 2018

I’m from France and I’ve discovered your fabulous work in the books “Buffalo for the Broken Heart” and “Wild Idea”. Thank you for sharing this pictures. It makes the story I’ve read more true !

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