SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Rosamond Gifford Zoo announced the birth of a new baby bison named Madison — care staff have not confirmed the gender of the baby.
The mother bison, Sue, went into labor at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning and Madison was born around noon.
Bison came close to extinction around 1900 when only 1,000 remained. Conservation efforts have restored the population to around half a million. The American bison was named the U.S. National Mammal in 2016.
“With this second bison birth, we are doing our part to contribute to the health of this species,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox. “It is a great experience to participate in the conservation of this iconic animal.”
The zoo posted a video of the birth, here.