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Life’s Better Here in Steuben County – Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve

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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) -- The Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve is a 400-acre property of natural waterways, lakes, birds, and the home of approximately 250 Bison.

A preserve that first opened in 1992 but was a vision long before that. Wild Winds represents the fulfillment of a childhood dream by Dr. John Trippy, a retired oral & maxillofacial surgery specialist, whose first experience with bison took place at Yellowstone Park when he was 7 years old. The facility was made to protect the endangered buffalo species.

Aside from saving the animal, the preserve enjoys the opportunity to educate the public."A lot of people don't know we are here. A lot of people don't even know what a bison is." says the Property Manager.

The property manager, Dan King, tells us that he believes this preserve is the best-kept secret in Northeast, Indiana. Dan has worked at the preserve since 2015. He says that he raised a Bison by bottle after the animal's mother died. Dan says that Bison is now two years old and lives on the grounds with the rest of the herd.

At the preserve is also a bed and breakfast that offer unique lodging, along with safari tents out in the fields. You can also stop in the gift shop for buffalo meat and hand-crafted items.

To learn more about tours, special events, hours, and overnight lodging with the bed & breakfast. You can visit their website at

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Tony Betton Jr.

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