President Obama Makes the American Bison the Official National Mammal

May 9, 2016

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

President Barack Obama has signed the National Bison Legacy Act to make the American bison our official National Mammal. The bill was approved by Congress at the end of April.

What a great milestone for an animal that has played a central role in America's history and culture.

"The adoption of bison as our National Mammal represents a validation of the many meaningful ways this animal represents America," said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs. "As an ecological keystone, cultural bedrock and economic driver, the bison conveys values such as unity, resilience and commitment to healthy landscapes and communities."

Join us in thanking our leaders for delivering this important victory for an iconic species.

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