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Great American Bison Photo Gallery

Bison aka American Buffalo Photos. Here you can view and purchase photographic prints of bison as they are today also including Black and White images replicating the old-time photos of these great animals.

The American Bison is often referred to as a Buffalo. For many years, the Bison was depicted on the back of the nickel coin, and referred to as a buffalo nickel. The Bison has been recognized the national mammal of the United States in 2016. Photos of Bison are most easily obtained at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and the Black Hills of South Dakota.


The American bison or simply bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo or simply buffalo, is an American species of bison that once roamed North America in vast herds. Its historical range, by 9000 BC, is described as the great bison belt, a tract of rich grassland that ran from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Atlantic Seaboard (nearly to the Atlantic tidewater in some areas) as far north as New York and south to Georgia and, according to some sources, further south to Florida, with sightings in North Carolina near Buffalo Ford on the Catawba River as late as 1750.It nearly became extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle. With a population in excess of 60 million in the late 18th century, the species was down to just 541 animals by 1889. Recovery efforts expanded in the mid-20th century, with a resurgence to roughly 31,000[5] wild bison today, largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves. Through multiple reintroductions, the species is now also freely roaming wild in some regions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with it also being introduced to Yakutia in Russia.

What is Right? Buffalo or Bison?

The term buffalo is sometimes considered to be a misnomer for this animal, and could be confused with "true" buffalos, the Asian water buffalo and the African buffalo. However, the name buffalo is listed in many dictionaries as an acceptable name for American buffalo or bison. Samuel de Champlain applied the term buffalo (buffles in French) to the bison in 1616 (published 1619), after seeing skins and a drawing shown to him by members of the Nipissing First Nation, who said they travelled forty days (from east of Lake Huron) to trade with another nation who hunted the animals.[14] In English usage, the term buffalo dates to 1625 in North America, when the term was first recorded for the American mammal.[15] It thus has a much longer history than the term bison, which was first recorded in 1774.[16] The American bison is very closely related to the European bison (also known as wisent or the European wood bison).