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African Buffalo, Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania.
A herd of buffalo taking a mud-bath in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
African Buffalo, Masai Mara, Kenya
An African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in die Kruger National Park in South Africa.
African Buffalo at Kruger, South Africa
The buffalo is also known as the African buffalo and the cape buffalo, as the buffalo is found in large herds across Africa but the buffalo is more prominent in South Africa.

Although the buffalo and water buffalo (found in Asia) look very similar it not thought that the buffalo and the water buffalo are closely related. The African forest buffalo is a subspecies of the African buffalo but the forest buffalo is about half the size of the standard buffalo.

The African buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa. The buffalo inhabits swamps and floodplains as well as the grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa. Buffalo can be found from the highest mountains to sea level areas, and the buffalo tends to prefer habitat with dense cover such as reeds and thickets. Herd of buffalo have also been found in open woodland and grassland.

Other than the human, the African buffalo has no real natural predators as the buffalo is able to easily defend itself using the buffalos sheer size and power. Lions, crocodiles, leopards and hyena are all amongst those animals that prey on the buffalo although they are usually only successful in catching the buffalo in large numbers.

The buffalo has a very unpredictable nature which, along with the size of the buffalo, makes the buffalo a severe threat to humans. There are numerous buffalo attacks on humans every year and the buffalo is thought to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa behind the hippo and the crocodile. Because of this the African buffalo has not been domesticated unlike the water buffalo in Asia.


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Buffalo Translations

Czech Cesky
Buvol africký
 
German Deutsch
Afrikanischer Büffel
 
English English
African Buffalo
 
Spanish Español
Syncerus caffer
 
Finnish Suomi
Kafferipuhveli
 
French Français
Buffle d\'Afrique
 
Hungarian Magyar
Kafferbivaly
 
Italian Italiano
Syncerus caffer
 
Japanese 日本語
アフリカスイギュウ
 
Dutch Nederlands
Kafferbuffel
 
Polish Polski
Bawół afrykański
 
Portuguese Português
Búfalo-africano
 
Swedish Svenska
Afrikansk buffel
 
Turkish Türkçe
Afrika mandası
 
Chinese 中文
非洲水牛
 

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Buffalo Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Artiodactyla
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Bovidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Syncerus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Syncerus Caffer
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.7m - 1.8m (67in - 71in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
600kg - 907kg (1,323lbs - 2,000lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
35km/h (22mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 22 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Herd
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hair
Favourite Food:Grass
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland and grass pastures
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Shrubs, Leaves
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Lion, Crocodile
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Shoulder hump and large, curved horns

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