“We are very proud of our Conservation initiatives here at the Zoo,” Doctor Alexander Ernst.
Laramie Foothills Bison Restoration Program
The Cape May County Zoo is proud to partner with Colorado State University on this important project. Bison DNA from a wild, but Brucella positive, herd in Yellowstone National Park is collected, cleaned and used in a surrogate herd, to produce disease free Bison suitable for release into protected lands in Colorado and Wyoming. The Cape May County Zoo donated a young female Bison in 2015 to serve as a surrogate and produce disease-free Bison for release. And since our herd is considered 100% pure genetic Bison then our female may one day too be re-released into the wild.
Update on Snappy!
Back in 2015, the zoo sent a female bison named Snappy to Colorado State University as part of the Laramie Foothills Bison Restoration project. We were excited for her to be part of a herd that was released in Colorado's Southern Plains Land Trust. She is currently living her best life with her herd at the Heartland Nature Preserve! This project is doing great work at restoring bison to their natural range throughout Colorado and Wyoming. We are proud to be a part of this project!
(Photos courtesy of the Laramie Foothills Bison Restoration project)