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. 

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  • 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 !

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

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

    Mike Thompson
  • 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.

    Rose Theodoredis
  • 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.

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

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

    Donna Ziehm
  • 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!


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

    Casey Blizzard
  • Such beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Dana Z
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

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

    bob jacobson

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