Mountain Khakis Sponsors Speedy the Bison

20 November 2018

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Red Lodge, MT — 20 November 2018 — Next year, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is getting a helping hand in caring for Speedy, the charismatic bison that’s been charming visitors for over a decade. Mountain Khakis is not only taking care of Speedy’s everyday expenses like hay and vet visits, but paying for a significant upgrade to her diet that includes specialty grains and supplements.

“We’re thrilled to have Mountain Khakis as a partner,” said Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary Executive Director Gary Robson. “As an ecologically-minded apparel brand, they share our vision and the culture of our little mountain town. By taking on the costs of caring for Speedy, they help us with our focus of caring for non-releasable native wildlife.”

When Speedy was born, she was much smaller than her twin, and her mother rejected her. She was taken in by human owners, who hand-raised her. As a tiny calf, she wandered their house, sat in their laps, and went for rides in the back seat of their convertible. After putting some weight on her and making sure she was healthy, her original owners tried to reintroduce Speedy into her herd. By then, she was so thoroughly habituated to humans that she had no interest in living the life of a wild bison. She was too big for the house life by then, so Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks stepped in to help and that’s when she became a permanent resident at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

Speedy got her name because of her tendency — especially when she was young — to rush to the fence to greet visitors. Bison are an iconic part of the American west, and she swiftly become one of the Sanctuary’s most popular residents.

“When we learned about the outstanding and important work done the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary it was an instant attraction,” said Mountain Khakis President Jeremy Hale. “Being situated so close to where our brand was founded, in Jackson Hole, we were thrilled to learn about Speedy the Bison. We are excited to sponsor Speedy in 2019 as we help her lead a safe and peaceful life, within the comfort of the Sanctuary, and under the loving care of the amazing team at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. We are excited to continue to progress through a myriad of ideas on how our two organizations can grow in partnership with each other.”

 

About the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable greater Yellowstone ecosystem wildlife while sharing a message of conservation and education. For 31 years, the Sanctuary has been providing safe, comfortable homes and long, fulfilling lives to animals whose only other option was euthanasia. Find out more at YellowstoneWildlifeSanctuary.org or drop by and visit to meet Speedy and the other animals.

About Mountain Khakis®

Rugged. Authentic. Reliable. Timeless. What started as a casual conversation at the Shady Lady Saloon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has become a top-performing mountain inspired lifestyle apparel brand. Established in 2003, Mountain Khakis quickly became a staple in the wardrobe of everyone from ranch hands to golf pros, those who travel by jet, as well as those who travel by thumb. The Mountain Khakis brand story continues to resonate as it connects to the enthusiast who believes that freedom and rugged adventure is a way of life. Catch the vibe at MountainKhakis.com.

Media Contact

Gary Robson, Executive Director
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
406-446-1133
Gary@YellowstoneWildlife.org

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