Comeback: The American Buffalo
Up there in my top five favorite wildlife animals is the mighty American Buffalo. My first encounter with them was not at a rescue center, or even a zoo, but rather, quite recently in the middle of the Alaskan Highway in Canada, on my route from Anchorage to New Orleans. After a few days and many hours of curves and steep grades through and around mountains meeting the road, there in the middle of the highway was an awe-inspiring buffalo. Afterwards, I felt as if I had seen a unicorn, and learned that evening that their presence is so ubiquitous locals lovingly refer to them Alaskan highway speed bumps. My second encounter was later on in the trip, on our way out of Saskatchewan, when we drove through Elk Island, home of one of the largest buffalo reserves in the world. About 40 buffalo flank either side of the highway as we pass by. They are huge.