The live bison herd that the North Dakota Buffalo Foundation maintains currently numbers around 30 animals. The herd has approximately 200 acres of pasture land on the north and south sides of interstate I-94 and is visible on one or both sides of the interstate most of the time. The live animals are a big draw for the museum and represent the beginning of the “wild west” to visitors traveling from the east.
Included in the live buffalo herd is White Cloud an extremely rare female albino bison born on July 10, 1996, at the Shirek Buffalo Farm near Michigan, North Dakota. Her first calf, named Princess Winona (“First-born daughter” in the Lakota language), was born in 2000. She calved again in 2003, the day after Mother’s Day. This time she had a male calf which was named Dakota Thunder. She had two more female brown calves in 2005 and 2006. On Aug 31, 2007 she had a white albino calf which is named, Dakota Miracle. White Cloud and her calves are a big attraction for the museum not only because of the rarity of an albino buffalo but also because of the sacredness that some Native Americans place on a white buffalo.
On May 31, 2008 The National Buffalo Museum became truly "Legendary" when one of the herd's brown buffalo had a white calf which was later named Dakota Legend.