Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
P.O. Box 2530
Tupelo, MS 38803
Dear Mrs. FranklinOur class is so excited about the white buffalo, the naming contest,
and the addition of the park to our fair city. Some of our students have been to visit already and have given reports, but they came before the white buffalo. We did some internet research and some brainstorming for a name.
One source said that a white buffalo occurs only one time in five-million born. WE WERE AMAZED. How nice for Tupelo that we have one.We also discovered that this buffalo was and is very sacred to the
Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes (Sioux). We think he should be named Tukota. Tu for Tupelo and kota in honor of the Sioux tribes. It should be pronounce Too-ko-ta, with the emphasis on the ko.We are in the middle of a unit on the Rainforest but, my students have been sidetracked by this buffalo. They are checking out buffalo books from the library and doing research at home for extra credit. Thank you for bringing an educational experience home to us.
Fourth Grade Class