The African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. It is a very robust animal, with a very long and stocky body. Savannah-type buffaloes have black or dark brown coats with age, Old bulls have whitish circles around their eyes and Females tend to have more of a reddish coats.The Cape buffalo is susceptible to many diseases, including foot and mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis. Adult males spar often, whether in play or an actual fight. Calves spar a bit while the females never spar at all. Buffalo are considered extremely dangerous, goring and killing over 200 people every year.

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• The animal can weigh as much as 2,700 pounds.
• Contrary to popular belief the African buffalo is not the ancestor of domestic Cattle.
• ‘’The Black Death” or “widowmaker” are its nicknames as the buffalo is very dangerous


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The African buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa. It lives in swamps and floodplains, as well as mopane grasslands and forests of the major mountains of Africa. They require water daily and so need to be near watering holes or rivers. Buffaloes do not stay on trampled or depleted areas for long. They don’t have many predators and are capable of protecting themselves against most other animals.