We are so excited to meet today’s animal. They are large and in charge and have a pair of horns you don’t want to come close too!
Cape Bufffalo Fun Facts:
- These large bovines can weigh up to 1,500 lbs. They can grow over 5 feet at the shoulder.
- They are considered one of the big 5 species in South Africa. That includes, lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo.
- Those large horns are a part of their skeletal structure. Males have larger horns than females and can grow up to 5 feet.
- The large area of the horns on the forehead of male is called the boss.
- These large herbivores may only eat grass, but they are dangerous. They can charge without notice.
- They are fantastic swimmers.
- Cape buffalo live in herds of 50-500 individuals. Younger males form bachelor groups within the herd. Older males may be solitary.
- The are listed as LEAST CONCERN by the IUCN.
We wouldn’t say the Cape buffalo is the cutest animal on the block. You definitely do not want to get too close. A charging buffalo is not a cute buffalo.
I always think they are wearing Viking horn hats.