Cape Buffalo
"Cape Buffalo"
Syncerus caffer
Photo courtesy and copyright
Ross Warner

Cape Buffalo
"Cape Buffalo"
Syncerus caffer
Photo courtesy/copyright V & J Moore

Cape Buffalo
"Cape Buffalo"
Syncerus caffer
Photo courtesy/copyright V & J Moore


Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Artiodactyla

Family

Bovidae

Subfamily

Bovinae



Name/Status
Source

Cape Buffalo - Lower Risk/Near Threatened

2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™



Cape Buffalo

Habitat:

Congo Basin, Africa. Lowland rainforests as well as arid regions. Needs to be around water.

Diet:

Grass, herbs, shoots, and fruits. Mostly feed on grass.

Enemies:

Lions and hyenas. Big game hunters.

Facts:

They are mammals belonging to the Bovid family. They can be dark brown or black.

Cape buffalos are about 7-11 feet long, about 3 1/2 feet tall, and can weigh from 575-1500 pounds. They weigh a little less than the American buffalo.

They are very powerful. "Like being hit by a truck".

Can run about 40 miles an hour in the desert or rainforest. Fast enough to outrun a lion.

They are not afraid of lions and many times a herd of Cape buffalo will surround a lion if it tries to attack one of their own.

They are very social and live in herds (sometimes over 2,000 in herd), and have territory which they consider their "home range".

The Cape buffalo gives birth to a single calf and can mate at around age 4. The young stay with the mother for 1 - 3 years.

The Cape buffalo has a life span of 15 - 25 years.

Their battles can be gruesome and bloody.

They are quickly vanishing from their habitats.

A virus called "ridenest" kills many of the Cape buffalo.



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