Great Plains

Westward ho! In these wildlife habitats, coyotes prowl a piece of the prairie and bison and pronghorn antelope mingle on a slice of the Great Plains. These wide-open spaces are a great place to observe mammals fast on their feet.

What To See and Do

Make new four-legged friends.
A lookout slope and a 360-degree view is the perfect habitat for our curious coyotes, who enjoy people-watching.

Meet a wily survivor.
Found lost in Central Park, Otis the coyote is one of many wild animals to find a safe haven with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Zip over to North America’s fastest land animal.
It’s not easy to keep track of our pronghorn trio. On their spindly legs, these antelope can run at speeds up to 55 miles per hour!

Lumber over to the largest.
The American bison is our continent’s largest mammal and one of the last evolutionary links to the Pleistocene era.

Restoring Bison to the American West

Once numbering in the millions across the southern plains, American bison were teetering on extinction by the early 20th century. The foundation of the American Bison Society at the Bronx Zoo’s Lion House was an attempt to reverse the species’ fate. In 1907, 15 Bronx Zoo bison boarded railway cars and wagon trains headed for Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountain Preserve. These early pioneers helped their species recover on the plains; today, 20,000 wild bison live out West, many of them descendents of that original zoo herd. In 2005 the Wildlife Conservation Society revived the American Bison Society to accomplish a new mission. Today, we are working to restore the wild habitat for bison and other populations of American wildlife, such as prairie dogs.