FARMS >> Buffalo VS Bison- What's the Difference?
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been asked many times what the difference is between a bison and a buffalo.
Well, we're glad you asked!
we refer to "buffalo" or "bison" in our product
descriptions - we are referring to the same animal. These animals are
correctly called an American Bison Bison. These are the
same "buffalo" we all learned about in our history books on the wild
American west. When the first settlers came to America and happened upon
the Bison - they did not know what they were. The only animals they could
relate them to were the Asian Water Buffalo. They started calling them
buffalo for lack of a correct name, and the name stuck for many many years.
Most Americans think of the animal from our wild heritage as a buffalo and may
not even know what "bison" refers to at all.
our American Bison and the Water Buffalos are not even related. (There are
actually two types of Bison as well. The Plains Bison and the Woods Bison
- one being smaller and darker than the other and having populated different
regions of the US in the early years) However, since so many people are
familiar with their own learned definition of a "buffalo" you'll find
we still sometimes use that term when referring to the bison that we raise.
We use the term bison more and more as the public grows more aware of and
familiar with our own great Native American animal - the American Bison.
America's original red meat.