Our staff has been surprised by the arrival of not one, but two, brand new baby buffalo! “Christmas” was born into the herd at Daniels Park herd on December 5th, and “Starry Night” arrived at Genesee Park a few days later. If is highly unusual, but not completely unheard of, for baby bison to arrive this late in the year. If they make it through til spring, which seems likely, they’ll demonstrate the incredible adaptations of their amazing species.Born at the height of December’s cold snap, our first Christmas calf had an immediate challenge from the weather. She (or he, no word yet) seems to be sticking close to mom and doing well so far. The second calf, Starry Night (below), waited for below zero temps to warm a bit before putting in his/her appearance at Genesee Park. This second surprise of the season is doing very well at last report. We’re tickled by this unusual happening, and wishing the very best to these newest members of our herds.
It’s been a record bison year all around, with Mayor Hancock making his first visit to our bison auction in March, and our first calf of the season showing up a tad early, on April 10th. We’ve also been working on new management plans for both herds this fall.
Calves are normally born about late April through mid-June after a gestation period of about 9.5 months. As breeding generally happens during July and August, most calves are born in the spring. We can see now that sometimes the cycles get a bit out of sync! We’ll try to keep you posted on how these new arrivals are faring. Here’s a recent look at Starry Night, now about 10-12 days old, courtesy of Genesee caretaker Marty Homola.