Cape Buffalo

Have you ever heard of 'The Big Five'? These are five species of animals that are the most difficult for people to hunt on foot. The Cape buffalo is seen as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and belongs to 'The Big Five'. Alongside the Cape buffalo, the lion, the African elephant, the rhinoceros and the leopard also belong to 'The Big Five'.

Enormous horns!

Have you seen the enormous horns on the Cape buffalo's head? These aren't just on the males, the females have them as well. They need theses horns to protect themselves against lions. If you look at the horns, you can see that on the males they make a sort of shield across the forehead. The males need this shield as protection, because they fight more often than the females. The bulls don't only fight with lions, they also fight each other to see who is the strongest.

Cape Buffalo

Syncerus Caffer Caffer

  • Habitat: African Savannah areas, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Food: Eats grass
  • Age: Can live up to 20 years old
  • Weight: Weighs 425 to 870 kg
  • Young: Has 1 calf, after a gestation period of 340 days.
  • Where can I see them?: On the walking safari, car safari and bus safari

 

Nice to know:

Choosy… A fertile cow (female buffalo) won't just mate with any bull (male buffalo) that comes along. She will wait until a high-ranking bull puts himself forward.