The Wanuskewin Heritage Park site has been inhabited by residents for over 6,000 years. Many of them ended up there, following the buffalo, which once numbered millions in North America.
Wanuskewin has been working on revitalizing the park for a long time, campaigning for a $ 40 million prize, which should be supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to designate a World Heritage Site. One of the projects to revive Wanuskewin is to bring a herd of common buffalo back to the country.
For the first time in about 150 years, the buffalo was born in Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
A recent bison female in Wanuskewin is genetically linked to the Yellowstone herd. Wanuskewin officials said it was the first buffalo born on the land of her ancestors since the Treaty of Sixth Agreement was signed in 1876.
According to Wanuskewin CEO Darlene, this birth is “a historic moment in Wanuskewin’s timeline.”
She shared the joy with the natives who have been trying to bring the buffalo back to the park for 40 years, stating:
“We have been waiting for this day at Wanuskewin for a very long time.”
Living in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and all its implications, to hear something positive, such as the news of a baby – a buffalo born in the park – is incredibly important to all residents of the area.
According to Felix Thomas, chairman of the Wanuskewin Board, every birth is “part of the circle of life and signals progress.”
Although it is not known exactly how many, more babies are expected in the spring. Although Brander would not say how much.
11 plain bison were brought to Wanuskewain Park in December. Five animals – a bull and four pregnant cows come from a ranch in South Dakota, while six calves were brought from Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan.
Unfortunately, due to restrictions on COVID-19, Wanuskewin is closed to the public, but officials say that when the park is open, people will be asked to give more space for the bison.