Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Lawton
Just outside of Lawton is a magnificent 60,000 acre tract devoted to the preservation of wildlife. It includes a great many species of animal and plant life but the most popular and visible ones are the buffalo, Texas longhorn cattle and prarie dogs.
Under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt the park was set aside in 1901. An early goal was to preserve the near extinct buffalo which had ranged the plains by the millions until the slaughter of the late 19th C. I find it ironic that to start the herd in the refuge, 15 buffalo were brought from the New York City Zoo!