SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) welcomed the arrival of the seven baby bison in Golden Gate Park on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Under Mayor Lee’s leadership, RPD coordinated the efforts with Mr. Richard Blum, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and San Francisco Zoo to replenish the bison herd and renovate the bison paddock. The success of the bison’s arrival is the result of collaboration and support from many agencies and park advocates.
“The bison at Golden Gate Park are a historic and celebrated treasure in San Francisco,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We welcome the new bison herd to their new home, and I know they will continue to delight residents and visitors using our world class Golden Gate Park.”
“We are so thrilled that seven young bison are joining the SF Rec and Park family,” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “The bison are truly unique asset and magnificent reminder of the incredible history of Golden Gate Park.”
Currently, the baby bison are quarantined in a secured location near the main bison paddock in Golden Gate Park. The health and welfare of the bison is managed by the San Francisco Zoo in partnership with RPD. RPD will host an official welcome ceremony in early 2012 when the baby bison are ready to be released in the paddock to join the bison herd.
In celebration of the baby bison, RPD, in partnership with SF Zoo, is also launching a naming contest for one of the seven baby bison. The general public can submit names through mail,email, Facebook, and Twitter. The link is: http://sfrecpark.org/bison-naming.aspx. Then a panel of judges will select a short list which then the general public can vote on the names from the list. The naming winner will be announced at the official welcome ceremony.
Check out link to watch video of the baby bison arrival (this video provided by courtesy of SF Zoo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bemddeoysNI