Zoo Animals



Bison bison

At the Detroit Zoo
Female May – the most dominant of the herd – has called the Detroit Zoo home since 2001. Male Takoda (Sioux for “friend to all”) and female Teetonka (Sioux for “talks too much”) were born in 2007 and arrived at the Zoo in 2008. The bison roam their American Grasslands habitat next to the prairie dogs.


The bison is the largest mammal in North America. It has a bulky head, stocky neck, large shoulder hump, robust body, and short upward-curving horns. The coat is shaggy, dark and long on the head, neck, shoulders and forelegs, and short and brown on the rest of the body. Females are slightly smaller and more slender than males, but both have horns.


Fun Facts

  • Despite its bulky form, a bison can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.