Born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2008 to Shoshone and Cherokee Bob, Leotie, has been a popular animal in the herd during her time at the Zoo, but now it is time for her to move out of home away from mum and dad. to a new herd.
Leotie will travel to Werribee Zoo over the overnight in the Zoo’s specialised animal transport unit vehicle, arriving in the early hours of the morning. After completing a quarantine period she will be introduced to the herd at open range Zoo in Werribee.
Leotie leaves behind her two parents and brother along with another adult in the herd. The American Bison was hunted to brink of extinction in the late 19th century with just 1000 animals surviving by 1890, but is now listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a low-risk, conservation-depend species.