The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo spans 210 acres and boasts more than 240 animals. Originally a cattle ranch, in 1997, Dan Franklin began adding buffalo and removing cattle. His herd of buffalo grew to more than 300 and was, at one time, the largest herd east of the Mississippi River. Construction of the zoo began, and the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo officially opened in November 2001. The zoo has grown over the years to include an expansive range of exotic animals, a reptile exhibit, petting zoo, playgrounds, and a Chickasaw Indian Village.
The Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo is dedicated to preserving each individual animal in our care, in both health and enrichment, and educating the public through access to species scarcely found or non-existent elsewhere in Mississippi. Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is home to over 250 animals.