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Animal in focus American Bison

We take a look at the powerful mammal

American bison, often mistakenly called buffalos, are symbolic of the Great Plains, strongly associated with Native Indian culture, the Wild West and traditional ranching. Standing at around 6.5 feet tall at the shoulder, reaching lengths of between 10-12.5 feet and weighing up to 2,000 lbs, the American bison is the largest land mammal in North America. As well as being great in size, bison are also fast — they can run at speeds of up to 40 miles an hour. The rugged species sport dark brown hair, which is long and shaggy on their front legs, and they have high hump shoulders and long curved horns. Bison are well adapted to the varying weather conditions of the Great Plains, from soaring summer heat to the cold and blizzards of winter. In thick snow, bison use their large heads to dig through to vegetation below. Their habitat consists of open plains, grasslands, and park woodlands, and usually, they live between 18-22 years in the wild, compared to over 30 years in captivity.

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Welcome to our jam-packed July issue. It’s always around this time of year that our staff get a bit thin on the ground, as we all head off on our summer holidays. We’ve had team members head to Ibiza, Madrid and Bali, armed with lists and recommendations, all seeking sun, sea and delicious vegan food. So to make sure you have your best summer yet, we’ve rounded up our top holiday suggestions (p42), got your sun care (p44) and snacks covered (p48) and Will Rankin has some brilliant travel hacks guaranteed to make your trip runs smoothly (p50). Closer to home, we have taken an in-depth look at the state of British wildlife (p106). I can remember, as a girl, walking through woods and seeing a huge array of animals — moles poking their heads out of mounds, timid rabbits darting back to their burrows and ponds lined with frogs. A walk through the countryside, sadly, can feel very different now — our wildlife is in serious and rapid decline with 11 per cent of our woodland species threatened with extinction. We uncover the issues affecting British nature and talk with those trying to save it. I’m also really excited to introduce our hilarious new columnist Claire Thrift (p58), who tells us about how her family are winning this BBQ season. Have a great month

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