In May of 1879, when Mary Ann realized the inevitable wiping out of the buffalo, she urged her husband, Charles Goodnight, to attempt to preserve them. He set aside, at her request, 600 acres for the buffalo starting with three calves.
William T. Hornaday
Chartered the American Bison Society (ABS) in 1905 and was dedicated to restoring bison range across the American landscape.
Warren “Elmer” Butler
Following a boyhood dream persistently raised bison, while assisting others to set up herds, beginning in 1945, for over 52.
Pioneering conservationists U.S. President Roosevelt and William Hornaday originally founded the American Bison Society (ABS) at the Bronx Zoo in 1905 to assist saving the bison from extinction.
Austin Corbin II
His New Hampshire Blue Mountain Forest preserve, developed in 1890, contributed greatly to preserving the American bison from extinction of supplying parks and zoos all over the U.S.
Earl J. Peterson
He found an interest in bison in the mid-1930s when he was searching for a more hardy animal.
In 1937, he bought two heifers and a bull, and later he bought several of the remaining Scotty Philip herd.
Martin S. Garretson
As a charter member of the American Bison Society, serving as secretary and also was curator of the National Museum of Head and Horns.
From these positions he gathered information to write The American Bison, a landmark book published 1938.
Colonel Charles Goodnight
Began his bison herd in 1878. Working with Hornaday, he helped stock the Yellowstone and National Buffalo Range in Montana.
American artist had a genuine love and understanding for the buffalo. They were one of his primary artistic subject matters.
James “Scotty” Philip
After Dupree’s death, Philip purchased the herd from the Dupree estate and built the first-ever enclosed bison pasture.
In 1906, Philip appealed to the U.S. Congress to help save the bison.
Charles Jesse “Buffalo” Jones
Jones managed to get the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt and helped create the federal refuges that helped preserve the bison.
Jones served as the first game warden for Yellowstone Game Preserve.
In 1883 Dupree had a strong desire to preserve the bison. He and his sons went on a hunt and captured five calves. By 1889 the small herd he captured grew to a size of 83 head.