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Wood bison
Eagle, 5 Jan 2010
    • chizlit
      Eagle, did you throw a snowball at this beautiful animal?;)
    • kiang
      Are Munich, Poznan, Katowice, Emmen and Tierpark Berlin, the only holders of these bison?
      And if so, are they genetically sound, or is new blood needed?
    • Eagle
      @chizlit: You catched me :D
      But it had thrown the first ball!

      You can see all european zoos at the Zootierliste which are keeping the bison.
      I think the european blood line is fresh enough to survice without imports.
    • EvilKittie
      add Howletts to that list
    • lintworm
      all the living wood bisons derive from 20-25 animals, so it's a bit inbreed.
      I know that the 3 woodbisons from Emmen were imported from Canada in 2003(?), but I think a bit fresh blood is welcome.

      @EvilKittie, Howletts has european bisons.
    • EvilKittie
      okies thank you
    • chizlit
      Eagle, I know I'll make myself look stupid (but I'm here to learn), but what is the difference bewteen wood bison and European bison?:confused:
    • zoogiraffe
      Wood Bison is a sub-species of American Bison.
    • chizlit
      Thanks for that info. If it was left to me I'd have thought they were a branch of the Euro ones.
      So are the wood bison smaller than the plains ones? And were they hunted by Native Americans (and almost wiped out by white settlers etc), like their plains cousins?
    • Maguari
      Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae) are indeed smaller than Prairie Bison (Bison bison bison - which what most of Europe's American Bison are).

      I understand that recent studies do not recognise these as valid subspecies, but treat all American Bison as a single taxon. This is far from proven, though!
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