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A bison.

Public can now visit bison at Washington's National Zoo
4 Sep 2014

An exciting American bison exhibit has just opened at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC.

This attraction is marking 125 years since the zoo opened. The bison was the first creature to call the zoo home, back in 1889.

"By bringing bison back to the Zoo, we hope Americans will reconnect with this iconic species," said Zoo director, Dennis Kelly.

A habitat has been created for the zoo's new bison, where they will be grazing, trotting and resting.

The bison are called Zora and Wilma, and were named by a pair of local universities. Zora weighs in at 550 pounds, while Wilma is slightly lighter at 500.

The National Zoo also houses some 1,800 other creatures, from 300 different species.

"Bison played a key role in the history of our country and the history of our great Zoo. Let these animal ambassadors remind us all that we can save wildlife and their habitats," added Mr Kelly.ADNFCR-408-ID-801746802-ADNFCR

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