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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Cape May County Zoo has its first baby bison.
The female calf arrived Aug. 29 and can be seen in the North American prairie exhibit.
The mother Henrietta and father Hank are 4 years old and came from Six Flags Great Adventure in 2010.
“Bison are one of the most important animals in the history of the United States,” an announcement reads. “Once numbering in the 10s of millions, American bison were almost driven to extinction by American pioneers in the late 1800s.”
Conservation efforts by zoos have brought the Bison population back from the brink of extinction, officials say.
“While we may never see the great herds of American Bison like our forefathers did, the modern day population is stable,” an announcement reads.
The new bison and more than 500 animals and more than 250 different species are showcased at the county zoo.
The free zoo sits on 85-wooded acres inside the Cape May County Park at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House. The zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year, except Christmas. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
For additional information, call 465-5271 or see capemaycountygov.net.