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The African buffalo, affalo, nyati, Mbogo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Wildlife in Africa
The African buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa. It lives in swamps, floodplains as well as mopane grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa. Buffalo prefer habitat with dense cover such as reeds and thickets.
Herds have also been found in open woodland and grassland. While not particularly demanding with regard to habitat, they require water daily and therefore depend on perennial sources of water.Like the Plains zebra, the buffalo can subsist on tall, coarse grasses. Herds of buffalo will reduce grass level to the height that is preferred by selective grazers.
When feeding, the buffalo makes use of its tongue and wide incisor row to eat grass more quickly than most other African herbivores. Buffalo do not stay on trampled or depleted areas for long.
Being a member of the Big Five Game family, a term originally used to describe the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt, the Cape Buffalo is a sought after trophy with some hunters paying over $10,000 for the opportunity to hunt one. The larger bulls are targeted for their trophy value although in some areas buffalo are still hunted for meat.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    amazing capture!

  • Many thanks for the fav Carmiene and your constant support! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • amar singh
    amar singhabout 3 years ago

    beautiful

  • Thanks so much Amar!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Elizabeth

  • Thanks so much Larry!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful fat chap Liz! (Why don’t we ever say that about humans…?) Lovely capture, it’s beautiful viewed large.

  • Lol! Thanks so much Maree! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 3 years ago

    Super image Elizabeth, I would be a bit scared of the fact that he is watching you out of the corner of his eye!!!! Wonderful description too. Alma x

  • Thanks so much for popping in Alma and leaving a kind comment! Ja, they are not to play with!! Take care. x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Magnificent creatures, and a lovely capture Elizabeth.

  • Many thanks Andrea, appreciate your support always!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 3 years ago

    Great capture and info

  • Many thanks Dee! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Laura, this is great news!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    27 September 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago


    27 September 2011 – 2 images per day

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