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Baby Bison Born at Cape May County Zoo

The new bison has yet to be named – he was born to “Hank” and “Beverly.”

From the Cape May County Zoo

COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Zoo is excited to announce a new addition to their North American Bison herd. Dr. Alexander Ernst, Veterinarian, at the Cape May County Zoo announced that a male Bison calf was born on Thursday August 17, to second-time Mom “Beverly” and Dad “Hank”.

This new calf is the ninth member of the zoo’s Bison herd.

The American Bison is one of the two largest surviving terrestrial animals in North America. They are broad and muscular with shaggy long hair coats. Adults American Bison grow up to 6 feet, 7 inches in height, and 11 ft 6 inches in length.

When fully grown, American Bison can weigh from 880 to 2,800 pounds.

Bison are ruminants, able to ferment cellulose in a specialized stomach prior to digestion. Bisons consume a wide variety of plants, including woody plants and herbaceous eudicots.

“There is always something new and exciting happening at the Cape May County Zoo. I encourage our residents and visitors to come the Zoo often to keep up with the ever-changing animals, habitats, and events. The new bison calf can be viewed daily in the North American Prairie habitat,” said Commissioner Andrew Bulakowski, liaison to the Parks and Zoo.

The Cape May County Parks and Zoo are open every day except Christmas. Park hours are from 7 a.m. until Dusk, and Zoo hours are 10 am until 4:30. The Zoo is FREE and open to the public. Parking is also free. Visit the Zoo website at CMCZoo.com.

Content Marketing Coordinator / Reporter

Collin Hall grew up in Cape May County and works as a content manager for Do The Shore, as well as a reporter. He currently lives in Villas.

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