It was Hans Boxler’s mission to acquire a white bull bison for the 2016 breeding season. He planned on making the trek to North Carolina the week of July 18th, when he unexpectedly passed. On August 9, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure acquired five year old Chief Lakota from Dr. King’s Farms in Asheville, NC. Our white bison was given that name, honoring the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s legend of the Lakota Native Americans.
Influenced by that same legend, the Lakota Native Americans say that the birth of a white buffalo is a poignant and prophetic sign that brings about purity of body, mind and spirit and that it calls forth the unification of all nations.
Over the years, ranchers and farmers have been breeding white bison in their herds , white on white, generation after generation, to increase the whiteness of this unique animal.
Approximately 60 million American Bison roamed the North American plains when the first pioneers settled the frontier. They represented an abundance food source for Native Americans and settles alike, offering longevity and strength to all who partook. Thanks to efforts of early preservationists and concerned private breeders, the bison population was given enough protection to slowly rebound. Today, more than a half-million of them again thrive on native ground. A growing demand for a health, eco-friendly, sustainable meat source has given ranchers and farmers incentive to raise this great animal.
The American buffalo are special in their ability to thrive within diverse climates. Their sturdy bloodline has stood the test of time, proving them more resilient to the many complications common to modern livestock. Unlike most modern livestock, bison free-range with the need for barns or synthetic structures, which preserves natural resources.
Come meet Chief Lakota on a Wild Safari tour here at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, now through October 30.