A visit to a ranch offers visitors an opportunity to learn about some truly impressive animals. The sight of buffalo (bison) herds grazing across America was once thought to be a thing of the past, but here in Michigan, they still roam on some Michigan farms! Another majestic mammal—the elk, was reintroduced to the state in 1918, after having disappeared in the 1800’s, and herds have been established in the Northeastern part of the Lower Peninsula. Both elk and buffalo were an important food source for early settlers in Michigan. Tibetan yak are newer residents to the state, but they have contributed to the survival of ranchers in the Far East for generations for their meat, milk and fiber.