What It’s Worth

What It’s Worth

Mo Knows…North American Buffalo

Author: Michelle Parish
Published Date: 5/9/2017

We are proud to launch a new series as part of our What It’s Worth blog called “Mo Knows…,” appropriately named after our bank mascot Mo the Buffalo and dedicated to a variety of trending and general interest topics.

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, PlainsCapital Bank’s identity has been interwoven with that of the majestic, North American plains buffalo – from the figurative red symbol proudly displayed in our name and logo to the literal symbol of strength and dignity which serve as guiding principles of our company.    

On May 9, 2016, the North American Buffalo joined ranks with the American Bald Eagle as an official symbol of our country when President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, designating the buffalo as our new national mammal.  In honor of the declaration and as a means of celebrating our beloved mascot, PlainsCapital Bank made a proclamation declaring May 9 “Mo the Buffalo Day.”    

As we approach the first anniversary recognizing this Mo-mentous event, it seems appropriate that our inaugural “Mo Knows…” blog post mark the occasion with some interesting and fun facts about the buffalo:

  • Buffalo are the largest mammals in North America.
  • The terms buffalo and bison can be used interchangeably.
  • Bison is the scientific name for buffalo. Actually it’s Bison bison bison (genus, species, subspecies), but only saying it once is fine.
  • Yellow Stone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where buffalo have lived continually since prehistoric time.
  • A baby buffalo is a “red dog.” Buffalo calves tend to be orange-red in color.  After a few months, their fur starts to change to dark brown and their signature horns and shoulder hump begin to grow.
  • You can judge a buffalo’s mood by its tail. When it hangs down and twitches, the buffalo is typically calm.  If the tail is standing straight up, watch out!  It may be ready to charge.
  • Buffalo may be big, but they are also fast. They can run up to 35 mph.  Plus, they’re extremely agile.  Buffalo can spin around quickly, jump tall fences AND they are strong swimmers.
  • Pass the salad, please! Buffalo primarily eat grasses, weeds and leafy plants.  Their large protruding hump comes in handy during winter, allowing them to swing their massive head side-to-side to clear away snow – especially for creating foraging patches.
  • President Teddy Roosevelt is credited with helping save the American Buffalo from extinction. In his younger years, he traveled to the Dakota territories and the spirit of the Native American culture combined with the beauty of the land and wildlife apparently had a profound impact on him.  In 1905, Roosevelt formed the American Bison Society to help save the buffalo which was perilously close to extinction.

*Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

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