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Have you ever been face-to-face with a bison?  Or fed a deer?  You can do both at the Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure in south Kansas City.  Come visit deer, elk and bison at Fleming Park.

Before Your Visit:

  • If your child has never seen a bison, use this coloring page from Kaboose as a fun introduction.
  • Bring some small apples or long carrots (with the green on top) and you can carefully feed the animals through the fence.
  • Bring binoculars – just in case the animals are not at the front of the enclosure.

  • Bring a camera for a great photo opp!

Explore the Native Hoofed Enclosure:

  • Be patient – depending on the time of day and location of the herd, the bison and elk may be in the back of the enclosure.
  • Try viewing from various places – there’s a parking lot, but you can also walk along the front fence to see if the animals are grazing or resting in the front of the enclosure.

  • Be observant!  During the hot weather, the animals like to hang out in the shade, or near the edges of the trees.  And the enclosure is quite a large area, so keep looking.

Learn More about Bison:

  • Print an animal card, see a video and learn more about bison at National Geographic Kids.
  • Look for one of these books at your local library:

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Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Parks & Trails, Native Animals