The birth of a white bison calf in Yellowstone National Park has been creating a lot of buzz around the world. White bison are incredibly rare, but that's not the only reason the birth is significant. Here's what you need to know about it.

Birth of Rare White Bison in Yellowstone: What Does it Mean?

Officials at Yellowstone National Park have confirmed reports of the birth of a white bison calf. According to a statement from the park, the calf was born in the Lamar Valley on June 4, 2024. The confirmation follows multiple sightings reported by visitors.

Bison Herd

The birth of a white bison calf was a rare natural phenomenon that once occurred before the near extinction of bison in the late 19th century when bison numbered in the tens of millions.

Park officials confirmed the birth based on multiple credible sightings, but park staff has been unable to locate the calf. The National Park Service (NPS) has never reported the birth of a white bison calf within the boundaries of YNP.

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The birth of the white bison calf also has cultural significance for many Native American tribes. Several tribes recently gathered in the park to honor the birth of the calf.

White Bison Calf in Yellowstone / Credit / Jordan Creech

Why Rare White Bison Calf Offers Hope For The Future

  • It's Rare: The birth of a white bison has never been reported in YNP. The fact that it's so rare makes it special.
  • Cultural Significance:  Many Lakota tribes consider white bison sacred creatures.
  • Prophecy for Hope: According to some Lakota legends, a white buffalo calf is a sign of hope and renewal during times of hardship.

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