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Photo: Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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Buffalo are extremely large, ox-like animals. Standing approximately 65 inches at the shoulder, adult males have a mass of up to 1760 pounds and females weigh up to 1650 pounds. To support the large body, the legs are very heavy. Front hooves are larger than the hind because of the extra mass they carry in the huge head and thick neck. Both sexes carry horns, which in the males can grow to 1.5m. Buffalo varies considerably in size, with some of the forest populations half the size of those from the plains and Savannah.
Habitat: Dense forest to open plains. Plentiful supplies of grass, shade and water are essential habitat requirements for the savannah buffalo. They avoid wide open areas and flood plains which are far from shade. Buffalo drink regularly, often twice a day, and they frequently remain in the vicinity of water when feeding.

Diet: Herbivorous grazers. Buffalo graze almost exclusively, but do include a small amount of browse in their diet.

The African or Cape Buffalo Socialisation: Buffalo are gregarious, occurring in herds of up to several thousand. In the wild they are known to have lived up to 18 years.

Reproduction: Cows become sexually mature at +/- 3 years of age. The majority have their first calf at five years old and one thereafter every other year. Males that are 7 years or older usually mate with the females.

Gestation: The gestation period is from 330 to 346 days and a single calf is born. Calf mortality is high with only about 20% reaching maturity.

Predators: Humans and lion.

Notes: Once popular trophies for hunters, these large and often dangerous animals have continued to capture the imagination. Buffalos have earned a bad reputation from hunters and other people who come in close contact with them. They are unpredictable and can be dangerous if cornered or wounded.

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  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    Is hulle pragtige diere nie… Afrika. Ek vind hulle gewoonlik in groot troppe in die Kruger, maar met my laaste besoek kon ek net kleiner groepies buffels kry. Baie mooi geneem, Elizabeth.

  • Dankie Olitto, ons het ook min gesien, maar dié ou grote het gelukkig so mooi vir my gekyk!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Dankie dat dit vir jou ’n gunstelingfoto is! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful capture of this magnificent animal Liz! Why do they ALWAYS look like they’re in a bad mood, even while contentedly chewing the cud…? Maybe it’s the flies bothering their ears…

  • Dankie Maree! Dié knaap het maar taamlik bedons gelyk, met die pote gestaan en skoffel in die gras! Die foto is blitsig geneem! Waardeer jou inloer!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Elizabeth, love the mud dangling from his horn. We saw a herd of these, admittedly at great distance firstly being stalked by lion and then en masse turning and charging the lion away. Sadly only really visible through binoculars but a sight which stays in the memory. I think I am going to have to move on from your fabulous wildlife or the bank manager will not be speaking to me!!!!

  • Thanks so much Alma, the experience is always worthwhile! Don’t worry about the bank manager, haha!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Grobleralmost 4 years ago

    Nog ’n mooi foto!

  • Baie dankie Miemie!x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    fine shot. have always admired these for their smarts. part of what makes them so unp[redictably dangerous

  • You’re comment is so valued! thanks!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    Great capture!

    23 February 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thanks so much!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect capture, well done Elizabeth

    1 Day 2011/02/23 limit 20

  • Thanks so much Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • bobby1
    bobby1almost 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture:)

  • Thanks a million!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • WesternArt
    WesternArtalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Elizabeth

  • Helen-Marie Rust
    Helen-Marie Rustalmost 4 years ago

    Puik foto Elizabeth!♥

  • Vreeslik baie dankie Helen!;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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