Buffalo For Sale
The North American bison, commonly known as the buffalo, is a large, grazing herbivore that once roamed the grasslands of North America. They have returned from the brink of extinction and are now a common sight in many of the country’s national parks, most notably Yellowstone National Park.
Buffalo are very large animals that need lots of room for grazing. They are herd animals so they should be kept with several other buffalo. They do best in very large, pasture-like enclosures that encompass several acres or more. Ideally, rotating the animals between a few pasture areas will give the grasses a chance to regrow. A variety of grasses and sedges should be grown in the pasture.
Buffalo are ruminant grazers. They spend a good deal of their time walking and eating prairie grasses, or resting while chewing their cud. Lichen and mosses also provide additional nutrients. Buffalo are able to extract more nutrients from the low-protein, high-fiber prairie plants than cattle can.
Buffalo in Captivity
Buffalo live and travel in herds that are divided by gender. Females and young calves form one herd, while males form another herd. Buffalo will find fulfillment as long as they are able to maintain their natural social order.
Mating season begins in the summer months when male buffalo temporarily join the female herd to search for a mate. The females are pregnant throughout the fall and winter and deliver their calves in early to mid-spring. They typically have only one calf at a time and the newborn calf will weigh in at about fifty pounds. In the first hour of life, the calf will stand and start walking, joining the herd. The calves will stay with their mothers for the first year. Female buffalo will reach sexual maturity by age three and males, by age six. In the wild, buffalo live to about twenty years old, but they typically live longer in captivity.