What is the State Animal of Kansas?

The State Animal of Kansas is the American bison. The bison is a large, grazing mammal of the family Bovidae. Bison are found in North America and Europe. In North America, they once roamed the grasslands of the Great Plains in massive herds. Today, bison are raised for their meat and hides.

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The American Bison

The American bison is the state animal of Kansas. The bison is a large, even-toed ungulate with shaggy, long hair on its head, neck, chest and legs. Bison are herbivores and eat grasses, herbs and shrubs. They live in herds of up to several hundred animals and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Bison are social animals and live in family groups consisting of a male (bull), several females (cows) and their calves. Bison calves are born in the spring after a gestation period of about nine months. They are reddish brown in color at birth but their fur fades to brown or black as they get older. Bison can live for up to 20 years in the wild but their lifespan is shorter in captivity.

The American bison was once widespread across North America but their numbers were reduced to less than 1,000 by the late 1800s due to hunting and habitat loss. Conservation efforts have helped increase the population of these impressive animals and there are now about 500,000 bison in North America.

The Meadowlark

The state animal of Kansas is the Meadowlark. The Meadowlark is a small to medium-sized songbird that is a member of the family Icteridae. This family also includes the blackbirds, orioles, and cowbirds. The Meadowlark is found in open country across North and South America.

The Western Meadowlark

The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of six states in the United States of America, including Kansas. The Meadowlark is a beautiful bird with a distinctive song that can be heard all across the Great Plains. These birds are very social, and can often be seen in flocks of up to 100 birds. They nesting in areas with short grass, and their diet consists mostly of insects.

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