Buffalo Roundup to be featured on ABC’s Born to Explore

Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Custer State Park’s 47th annual Buffalo Roundup will be featured on the television program Born to Explore with Richard Wiese.

The program will be aired Saturday, Feb. 16, on most ABC stations as part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure. The 2012 Emmy-nominated program was filmed on location in South Dakota last September.

Born to Explore is an educational program that takes viewers around the world to join in the adventure with host Richard Wiese. The show offers an educational approach to the earth’s wildlife and its unique cultures, from Australia to Iceland to Morocco to Uganda.

“As an explorer, I have traveled around the world to share the beauty, wildlife and cultures of each continent,” said Richard Wiese. “At Custer State Park, we experienced the thrill of the buffalo roundup and got a taste of the American West and its thriving cowboy culture. The hospitality of South Dakotans and the magnificence of Custer State Park made for a most memorable adventure.”

Wiese continued, “To see over 1,000 head of buffalo being driven across the rolling prairies by cowboys and cowgirls on horseback is a sight all should experience at least once in their life time.”

“Custer State Park is the only place in America where the public is invited to witness an event like our buffalo roundup, which unfolds in front of them,” said Craig Pugsley, visitor services coordinator at Custer State Park. “Last September, about 14,000 guests from all over the world came to experience this world-class event.”

The 2013 Buffalo Roundup will be held on Friday, Sept. 27. For more information on this year’s event, contact Custer State Park at 605-255-4515 or visit www.custerstatepark.com.

“The Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival are great events that bring visitors to South Dakota during the all important shoulder season, which helps build our tourism industry and South Dakota’s economy,” said Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. “Programs like Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, which air on major TV networks, showcase South Dakota and encourage more visitors to make South Dakota their vacation destination.”