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Maymont now home to 2 new bison

Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 10:55 PM EDT
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The 16-month-old and 17-month-old heifers arrived on Wednesday from SB Farms, Inc., a bison...
The 16-month-old and 17-month-old heifers arrived on Wednesday from SB Farms, Inc., a bison ranch on Maryland's Easter Shore, and are now in the estate’s bison habitat. (Source: Maymont)
The two new bison join Snoopy, a 15-year-old female bison. (Source: Maymont)
The two new bison join Snoopy, a 15-year-old female bison. (Source: Maymont)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Visitors to Maymont can now see two new young female bison.

The 16-month-old and 17-month-old heifers arrived on Wednesday from SB Farms, Inc., a bison ranch on Maryland's Easter Shore, and are now in the estate's bison habitat.

"We are excited to welcome two new bison at Maymont," said Henry "Buz" Bireline, Maymont Director of Habitats and the Nature Center. "Observing and learning about these animals helps guests connect with both native wildlife and Virginia history. Many people don't realize that small groups of bison were formerly native to the Commonwealth. Now extinct in the wild in Virginia, these ambassadors remind us how important it is to protect and care for wildlife and wild places."

Each of the new bison weighs over 600 pounds. No official names have been chosen, yet. They'll join Snoopy, a 15-year-old female bison who has been all alone since her 25-year-old companion, Maude, died in August. Bison are herd animals and typically stay in groups, so it was important for Maymont to find a new companion. While Snoopy was unaccompanied in the bison habitat, animal keepers provided extra enrichment activities and training sessions to keep her stimulated.

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