Fast Facts on Buffalo

Part of the Big 5

©Karl Svendsen
The Cape (or African) buffalo is an enormous and formidable bovid with a reputation for a dangerously moody temperament. Their size, strength and propensity to charge determinedly without warning have resulted in their inclusion in the ‘BIG 5’ – the top African animals to see in Africa. It is also considered the most dangerous of the five to hunt.

Syncerus Caffer

©Shem Compion
Size
1.4 m shoulder

Weight
Males: 800 kg
Females: 750 kg

Lifespan
23 years

Habitat
Wide range – wherever there is suitable forage, access to water and shade

Gestation
11 months

No. of young
1

Food
Bulk grazers – prefer long grass. Take small amount of browse in dry times.

Predators
Lions and humans

By Megan Emmett