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Kansas State Animal:

Bison bull - click to see all state mammals
Bison / buffalo photo © James Ownby: My View of Nature
(used by permission). See All State Animals - Mammals.

American Buffalo (Bison bison)

See American buffalo video below

The magnificent American buffalo was recognized as the official animal symbol of Kansas in 1955. A male bison can weigh over 1800 pounds and is 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Buffalo once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for the plains Indians. European settlers hunted buffalo to the brink of extinction - it's estimated that between 300 - 500 animals remainedwhen the federal government passed stricter game laws in 1889.

The Buffalo is also featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial quarter for Kansas, the official state seal, and the state flag of Kansas.

Buffalo on Kansas bicentennial quarter - click to see all state quarters
Kansas became the 34th state in 1861 (see statehood order) - Kansas state quarter features an American buffalo (state animal) and sunflowers (state flower) - public domain image on Wikipedia - see All 50 state quarters.

The buffalo is an inseparable part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.

American bison - click to see all state animal symbols
Photo of American buffalo bull © MasterClips®
Source:
Kansas Quick Facts: Office of the Governor
Nature: American Buffalo: PBS
Bison (Bison bison): South Dakota Northern University
Kansas state quarter: U.S. Mint
Links:
Bison: Yellowstone National Park Photos
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

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