WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUFFALO AND BISON?

  • Aug 02, 2018
  • By Jackson Hole
  • 6 Comment

Not everyone knows the difference between buffalo and bison. Calling a bison a buffalo is inaccurate, but a common mistake. It’s so common, in fact, that many use the two interchangeably (heck, we've been doing it since 1947!). But if you really want to know the difference between a buffalo and a bison, the American Bison is native to North and South America and Europe, while the other two buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. Bison and buffalo share the same family, but there are over 38 types of buffalo and, unlike bison, many of them have been domesticated.
   
Fan facts: North American bison have a beard, while their Asian relatives don’t and American Bison can live in really cold places, like Wyoming!
   
Today, American Bison are thriving due to smart management and breeding efforts and restoration of their native grazing land. By purchasing our free-range, all-natural Buffalo (yes we know...Bison) meat, you are helping to continue a ranching tradition that has been a way of life here in the Mountain West for hundreds of years. 

  

 

6 Comment

Do

Ha – so who is the world authority on animal naming conventions? Everything is simply what people call it. These US animals have been called buffalo since well before the days of Buffalo Bill. Colorado University calls them Buffaloes. Western song writers wrote about where the buffalo roam. I have even heard about a meat company in Jackson Hole called the Buffalo Meat Company, selling meat from these creatures since 1947. So if they are “commonly” called buffalo, then that’s what they are. There’s no mistake about it ;)

OK that was fun – I have eaten your buffalo meat and it is GREAT!

By Doug Jones

Jan 20, 2020

Ru

Send me some literature of how and where I can buy Buffalo meat

By Rudolph Young

May 22, 2019

Be
How safe to eat is bufalo meat? Are bufalos treated with antibiotics n hormones ?

By Beatriz Ramos

Apr 11, 2019

Em

Hi all at JH Buffalo Meat. First can I just say, GREAT meat. Truth be told, I have a hard time telling the difference myself— but it all tastes the same raw at 6 in the morning! I’d like to know, which is juicier? Buffalo or Bison? Thanks for all the good work you do. I hope my son grows up to be a buffalo farmer for JH Buffalo meat. Hope you got your meat, Paul ^ It’s worth the wait!

By Emily

Apr 11, 2019

Ga

Thank you for the information. I never really knew the difference.
I grew up calling them North American Bison. Fact: a bison head is part of Royal Canadian Mounted Police crest. Fact: they live in such cold climates as the Northwest Territories, northern Saskatchewan and Alberta.
These facts are true but I’m just playing with you.
Gary Buckingham
St.Albert, Alberta

By Gary Buckingham

Apr 11, 2019

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