Every winter and spring, the world’s last wild bison follow their ancient instincts by migrating to habitat key to their survival.

They leave the area designated by humanity as “Yellowstone National Park,” and head for the rich grasses that have supported their winter survival, rejuvenation, and the birth of their young for millennia.

These “lands where the buffalo roam", including National Forests adjoining Yellowstone, are beautiful to see and experience. They are also absolutely crucial to the long-term protection and stability of this keystone species—and many others.

wolf and buffalo photo frame

We offer a collection of maps reflecting buffalo migration patterns, historic populations, current boundaries, and more. Follow this link to view the maps and gain a better understanding of buffalo and their crucial relationship with their habitat.

Yellowstone buffalo share their ecosystem with a host of other native wildlife species, a partial list of them includes:


  • Antelope
  • Beaver
  • Black bear
  • Coyote
  • Elk
  • Grizzly bear
  • Moose
  • Mule deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Whitetail deer
  • Wolf


With so many species depending on the same ecosystem for their survival, we are hoping you’ll want to get involved! Please visit our Get Involved page and help protect the last wild buffalo, their ecosystem, and their native animal neighbors!

Explore our Buffalo Maps!