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PORT CLINTON — Amongst the annual glut of springtime animal births at African Safari Wildlife Park, one calf stands out-“white” bison born on May 10. The calf was sired by Avalanche, an adult White Bison who arrived at the park in early-2014.

White Bison are sacred to several Native American cultures, representing abundance and hope. These births come on the heels of the passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which designated the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Once numbering in the millions, hunting had pushed the bison to near-extinction by the 1890s. Conservation programs have since helped populations rebound.

The new arrival is visible daily in the Drive-Thru Safari.

African Safari Wildlife Park, 267 S. Lightner Rd. in Port Clinton is the mid-west’s only drive-thru safari. The park is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, May 26. Starting on Friday, May 27 the park shifts to their summer schedule and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — rain or shine.

Tickets are $15.95 for adults, children ages four to six get in for $9.95 and children under age three get in free — until May 27. That price includes the drive-thru and walk-thru portions of the park. Prices increase during the summer to $21.95 for adults and $13.95 for children, but does include camel rides, pig races and the educational animal shows.

For more information visit the park’s website,

Staff report