White buffalo to roam at Saskatoon Zoo

Dante, a three-year-old male white buffalo born at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, is the newest addition to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm.

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo is welcoming new animals, including a white buffalo.

Dante, a three-year-old male white buffalo, was born at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.

John Moran, manager of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, said Dante is an important addition to the bison herd.

"Being a neutered male, he won't be in conflict with our breeding male,"  Moran said. "At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to start telling some of the First Nations stories."

Moran said Dante will be an important part of the Forestry Farm's education programs.

"I think there is a good story behind it," Moran said. "Anytime you can tie a good educational initiative in with an animal you're displaying, it's a win-win situation."

Dante is currently in his own pen, but Moran said he will be added to the zoo's bison herd in about one week.

"He's interacting with our herd through the fence," Moran said. "He can see them, he can smell them. They can kind of grunt at each other, as bison have a habit to do."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Farm Park. Moran said the new bison exhibit will open on May 16.

To hear more about Dante, live stream Saskatoon Morning with host Leisha Grebinski on Thursday starting at 6 a.m. CST. Moran will join online host Matt Kruchak at 7 a.m. CST on cbc.ca/saskatoon.