Monday, June 8, 2015 -- ..... where the Buffalo roam .....
A group of buffalo (part of one heard of many) roaming & grazing in The Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, located in Osage County, Oklahoma near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It is protected as the largest tract of remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. The preserve contains 39,000 acres (160 km2) owned by the Conservancy and another 6,000 acres (24 km2) leased in what was the original tallgrass region of the Great Plains that stretched from Texas to Manitoba. Currently over 3,000 buffalo roam this preserve along with other species.
Prior to its purchase by the Nature Conservancy in 1989, the preserve was called the Barnard Ranch which had been part of the Chapman-Barnard ranch of 100,000 acres (400 km2). The foreman of the Chapman-Barnard ranch, Ben Johnson, Sr. was a rodeo champion. His son, also a rodeo champion, was Ben Johnson, Jr. who appeared in more than 300 movies and won an Oscar for his role in “The Last Picture Show.”
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