Brave Buffalo Herd Stick Together to Start Wrecking The Lions Who Attacked Them

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 19, 2023
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There is a lot to be said about animals that band together. Many times in the wild, it is every man for himself or, rather, every animal for himself. But now and then, we get to watch amazing videos where animals put themselves in the line of danger for other animals.

Buffalo Herd Sighting in Africa

This next YouTube video takes us to Africa. This video documentary was uploaded by the Ranger Buck Safaris YouTube page. This channel is dedicated to offering real-life footage of animals on African safari tours. This page has received more than 145,000 views on all of their videos. This particular video of the brave buffalo herd sticking together has received more than 11,000 views since it was uploaded 12 days ago! This Ranger Buck Safaris group shares their description of what happened below.

“Join us as we witness the relentless pursuit of lions on a failed hunt against a formidable buffalo herd in the untamed African wilderness. This gripping footage captures the raw power, strategy, and resilience of these remarkable animals. Watch as the drama unfolds, and the buffalo’s strength prevails in this high-stakes showdown. Our filmed video brings you up close and personal with the harsh realities of the animal kingdom. Subscribe for more incredible wildlife content and be part of the adventure!” 

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Banding Together


Even apex predators like lions can’t overpower an entire buffalo herd.

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At the start of this video posted at the bottom of this blog post, we see this safari tour has taken a stop. They notice just up ahead the king of the jungle, the lion that is lying in wait. As the tour stops, they notice that the reason that this lion is hunched down is because of a small herd of buffalo that is just up ahead. This herd is small in comparison to how large buffalo herds can get. We will dive more into that in the next section.

These buffalos are lying down, without a car in the world. This is one of the great benefits of this apex predator, the lion. Their ability to have stealth and approach their prey without being noticed is unlike any other. Finally, we see the lion take his shot, and he leaps onto of one buffalo, seeking to take it down. This lion assumed that the herd would disperse. But, to his surprise, the herd all turns and approaches the lion. This was enough to scare this lion off. 

Bachelor Groups

As we very well know, herds and groups in the wild can vary in size depending not only on the animal but also their species. However, buffalos also have small groups that will form that are known as “bachelor groups.” 

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, “Males may spend much of their time in bachelor groups. These groups are of two types, those that contain males from 4 to 7 years old and those that have males 12 years and older. “ 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Haeussler

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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