African buffalos are strong and imposing animals of the African savanna. Although, today few populations exist outside the confines of national parks. Females form protective herds of 1,000 individuals whilst males are mostly solitary. These formidable grazers are the only wild cattle species, and bonds between females are strong. If one individual is under attack from a predator, the herd will rush to the victim's defence, and a herd is easily capable of driving away an entire pride of lions.
Scientific name: Syncerus caffer
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The African buffalo can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the African buffalo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
At first sight, a herd of African buffalos look like a group of large cows, but unlike cows they have a fearsome reputation for aggression and strength. They are not to be confused with the bison of North America and Europe, which are also sometimes called 'buffalos'. Recent research has also shown that buffalos display some fascinating behaviour.
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