Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo

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Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo
LocationTupelo, Mississippi, United States
Coordinates34°17′13″N 88°46′07″W / 34.2869°N 88.7687°W / 34.2869; -88.7687Coordinates: 34°17′13″N 88°46′07″W / 34.2869°N 88.7687°W / 34.2869; -88.7687
No. of animals450
No. of species125

The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is a zoo located in Tupelo, Mississippi. At 175 acres (0.71 km2), it is the largest zoo in the state of Mississippi.


The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo was founded by Dan Franklin and is located at 2272 North Coley Road.


A large herd of American bison roam the park. Modified school buses with large, off-road tires take visitors into the park to see the herd.

Rare white buffalo[edit]

The Buffalo Park was home to Tukota, a rare white bison, not an albino. There are several great legends by the Sioux tribes explaining the creation and the infrequent occurrence of the white buffalo. A white buffalo is so rare in fact that they only occur one time in five million births. Tukota was born at the park. This made "Tukota" one of the more special animals at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo. His name was the winning submission from Mrs. Mills' 4th Grade class at Rankin Elementary School in 2002. Tukota died in early 2012 due to a fight with another buffalo in the park. His injuries were life-threatening, thus the decision was made to euthanize the rare animal.



  • Live merry go round with ponies
  • Horseback riding through the park
  • Snack bar
  • Petting zoo
  • Souvenir shop
  • Animal feedings
  • Playground with authentic teepees
  • Camping area
  • Annual rodeo each August

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