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African Buffalo, Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania.An African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in die Kruger National Park in South Africa.African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), picture taken at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, TanzaniaAfrican Buffalo at Kruger, South AfricaA herd of buffalo taking a mud-bath in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, UgandaAfrican BuffaloAfrican Buffalo, Masai Mara, Kenya
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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: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

Buffalo Location

Map of Buffalo Locations
Map of Africa

Buffalo

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.

Buffalo Translations

Cesky
Buvol africký
Deutsch
Afrikanischer Büffel
English
African Buffalo
Español
Syncerus caffer
Suomi
Kafferipuhveli
Français
Buffle d\'Afrique
Magyar
Kafferbivaly
Italiano
Syncerus caffer
日本語
アフリカスイギュウ
Nederlands
Kafferbuffel
Polski
Bawół afrykański
Português
Búfalo-africano
Svenska
Afrikansk buffel
Türkçe
Afrika mandası
中文
非洲水牛

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First Published: 16th December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Dec 2008]

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