Item Number: 2960LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Even in these times of uncertainty facing the survival of many species, there are powerful visions of hope that inspire optimism. One is the renaissance of excitement surrounding bison in North America. In fact, bison are considered the poster child for a concept in conservation biology known as Post-Pleistocene rewilding in which Ice Age animals are being recovered in places where they vanished.
Less than 200 years ago, there were more than 35 million bison on the plains west of the Mississippi River. The bull bison pictured here in Thomas D. Mangelsen’s Windswept
is descended from only a handful that narrowly escaped total species extinction at the end of the 19th century, given refuge in Yellowstone National Park. Today, the park is home to more than 4,000 bison and some of them are being used as seed stock for establishing other herds on the prairie. So much a part of the legacy of the American West they were named the National Mammal of the United States on May 9, 2016.
“To me, bison are such photogenic creatures,” Mangelsen says. “They evoke the spirit of a region I call home—a landscape of unending visual horizons that stretch from my native Nebraska to the spine of the Rockies.”