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African Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

Description:

The African buffalo is a very robust species. Its shoulder height can range from 1 to 1.7 m (3.3 to 5.6 ft) and its head-and-body length can range from 1.7 to 3.4 m (5.6 to 11.2 ft). Compared with other large bovids, it has a long but stocky body (the body length can exceed the wild water buffalo, which is rather heavier and taller) and short but thickset legs, resulting in a relatively short standing height. The tail can range from 70 to 110 cm (28 to 43 in) long. Savannah-type buffaloes weigh 500 to 900 kg (1,100 to 2,000 lb), with males normally larger than females, reaching the upper weight range.[3] In comparison, forest-type buffaloes, at 250 to 450 kg (600 to 1,000 lb), are only half that size.

Habitat:

This buffalo prefers habitat with dense cover, such as reeds and thickets, but can also be found in open woodland

Notes:

Owing to its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated unlike its Asian counterpart, the Asian buffalo

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Jared Hersch
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Jared Hersch

Blue Crane Route Local Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 27, 2014
Submitted on May 27, 2014

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