African Safari Wildlife Park’s Facebook fans have spoken loud and clear, choosing “Avalanche” as the name for the facility’s rare white bison Avalanche.
“It was quite neat to see so many people engaged in the poll,” said Kelsey Keller, the park’s technical advisor. “It demonstrated the deep love and admiration people have of our animals.
Avalanche the bison, who arrived at African
The park’s bison is a 2-year-old male that arrived in February from a ranch located in the western United States. The odds of a white bison birth are estimated to be one in 10 million. There are multiple inherited traits that may cause a bison’s fur to appear white, but the exact such gene or genes that this individual expresses is unknown.
Other iconic American species have been brought back from the brink of extinction, such as bald eagles and American alligators.“Bison are often considered to be an all-American success story. In the early 20th century, they were at risk for extinction. It wasn’t until government agencies such as the National Parks Service stepped in that we were able to give wild Bison a fighting chance.”
The Midwest’s only drive-thru safari, African Safari Wildlife Park is located at 267 S. Lightner Rd. in Port Clinton. The 2014 season runs through Nov. 30. Visit www.AfricanSafariWildlifePark.com for more info about deals and specials on admission.