About: Zion White Bison

Preserving and Protecting our Bison at Zion White Bison Resort

Welcome to Zion White Bison Resort, where nature and culture come together to create a truly unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the rare and majestic beauty of the white bison, which holds spiritual and cultural significance for many Native American communities. With our bison sanctuary you can witness the wonder of these incredible creatures up close and learn about their place in the world. At Zion White Bison Resort, we’re committed to preserving and protecting endangered species, and our dedication to conservation is reflected in every aspect of our resort. Come and experience the magic of Zion White Bison Resort and discover the beauty and significance of the white bison.

Our Mission – With Your Help

When you choose to stay with us here at Zion White Bison Resort, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to supporting and caring for these White Bison. This includes raising and placing these beautiful animals to the care of local and regional native tribes.

Rare white bison at Zion White Bison Resort

Meet: Braveheart

White Bison Bull

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White bison, also known as “spirit bison” or “ghost bison,” are a rare and highly revered animal among many Native American tribes. According to traditional stories and beliefs, the appearance of a white bison is a sign of great spiritual significance and a sign of good luck and prosperity. The Native Americans believe that the white bison is a sacred animal, which is connected to the ancient spirit and the white bison disappeared many years ago. In some tribal cultures, the return of the white bison is seen as an indication that the great spirit is returning.

The population of white bison has increased in recent years.  Forty years ago it was estimated that one in forty million bison born were white. Now it’s estimated that one in a million are born white.

At Zion White Bison Resort, we are privileged to have three white and two brown bison for our visitors to see, feel, and enjoy being around. With one of the white bison being a young bull, we are ecstatic about the possibility of having baby white bison calves on the ground each spring. These beautiful animals are a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the Native American tribes and a reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting the natural world.

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The Culture

We encourage all of our visitors to show respect and gratitude to the Native American culture while visiting our white bison and to take the time to learn more about the spiritual and cultural significance of these animals to the Native American people.

When visiting the white bison at Zion White Bison Resort it is important to approach with reverence and respect for the cultural significance these animals hold.

One thing to consider is the role of the white bison in traditional Native American storytelling and mythology. Many tribes have stories and legends about the white bison, which is often seen as a symbol of strength, purity, and spiritual power. Some stories tell of the white bison leading the way for the people, guiding them on their journey through life. Others tell of the white bison as a powerful protector, watching over the tribe and keeping them safe from harm.

When visiting the white bison, it may be helpful to keep in mind the symbolism and meaning they hold for many Native American cultures. Take a moment to reflect on the stories and legends associated with these animals, and consider what they might symbolize for you personally.

Also, keep in mind that the white bison is an extremely rare animal and a symbol of hope and preservation of the species. It is a reminder that with hard work and dedication, we can protect and preserve endangered species for future generations to enjoy.

It is important to note that while these stories and beliefs are deeply ingrained in many Native American cultures, it is not necessary to share these beliefs in order to appreciate and respect the cultural significance of the white bison. It is important to approach these animals with an open mind and a willingness to learn about and appreciate the cultural significance they hold for many people.

White Bison mother and calf
Two playing white bison
White Bison Calf

Newest Addition

White Bison Calf

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Celebrating the Birth of a New White Bison Calf

The White Bison Sanctuary , located within the Zion White Bison Resort property is thrilled to announce the birth of a new white bison calf. This momentous event further underscores the resort’s commitment to preserving and protecting these sacred animals while offering guests a unique and unforgettable experience. Just 40 years ago it is estimated that 1 in 10 million bison born were white.  It is now estimated that 1 in a million are born white. The newborn calf’s mother is Marshmallow, a five-year-old white bison, and BraveHeart, a four-year-old white bull. Alongside is the calf’s grandmother Ghost, an eight-year-old white cow bison. These incredible animals hold deep spiritual and cultural significance for many Native American communities. The resort is eager to share this remarkable addition with its guests and promote awareness about the importance of conservation and the cultural meaning of these amazing bison.

According to the National Park Service’s website series Bison Bellows, “When a white buffalo calf is born, it is a sign that their prayers are being heard and that the promises of the prophecy are being fulfilled. To American Indians, a White Buffalo Calf is the most sacred living thing on earth. The calf is a sign to begin life’s sacred loop.” 

Safety Tips

Always keep a safe distance (be a minimum of 6 feet from the fences). Bison can weigh up to 2,000 lbs pounds and can run up to 35 miles per hour, so it is important to give them plenty of space. Never get too close to the bison or try to touch or feed them.

Be aware of your surroundings. White bison are unpredictable and can behave aggressively if they feel threatened, so it is important to keep an eye out for any signs of agitation and to be prepared to move away quickly if necessary.

Follow the rules. Our staff at Zion White Bison Resort will provide you with specific guidelines for visiting the bison, and it is important to follow these rules to ensure the safety of both the bison and visitors.

Respect the culture. White bison hold a significant spiritual and cultural importance to the Native American culture, and it is important to show respect and gratitude while visiting them. Remember that the white bison is a sacred and spiritual animal and should be treated with the utmost respect.

Enjoy from a distance! This way you’ll not only keep you safe but also protect the animal and its habitat.

By following these simple safety measures, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience viewing our white bison at Zion White Bison Resort, while also respecting and appreciating their spiritual significance to the Native American culture.