Bison Charge Into National Zoo: "First" Animal Returns

Sept. 16, 2014—Zora and Wilma, American bison from the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana, arrived at Smithsonian's National Zoo recently. Bison started the zoo's living collection in 1889 and helped spark the conservation movement. To name Zora and Wilma, the zoo collaborated with two local schools—Howard University and Gallaudet University—whose mascot is the bison.