The Bronx Zoo Thursday announced the birth of the (get ready) first genetically pure American bison calf produced by embryo transfer!

The successful birth was the result of a program designed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Colorado State University, USDA-APHIS, and the American Prairie Reserve to work and establish breed herding of genetically produced bisons.

Dr. Pat Thomas of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Bronx Zoo said in a statement released Thursday:

The Bronx Zoo played an important historical role in the recovery of the American bison. By establishing a pure herd the zoo will be, in essence, returning to its roots. The offspring of these bison will be used in future restoration programs and to establish herds in other AZA-accredited zoos.

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