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|African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)|
In danger of extinction (LR) IUCN
Male 425-870 kgs
Female 380-580 kgs
Habitat All of Africa except the north
Life span 15 years
African buffalos prefer to stay in the shade and near water.Although they are strong, calm animals, they can be quite aggressive when they are disturbed The gestation period of these herbivorous animals is 330-346 days. There is no special mating season. Females suckle their calves until they are 5-15 months old or until a new calf is born. The calf stays with its mother for 2 years. Females are ready for mating when they are 4-5 years old and the males when they are 7-8 years old. They live in herds, mainly for protection against the big cats. Lions, in particular, attack buffalos. In Savuti, 40% of the lions’ food consists of buffalo meat. Buffalos spend 8-10 hours a day feeding. As they are extremely sensitve to heat, they prefer to move around at night and during the cooler hours of the day. They drink water at least twice a day.
The largest buffalo herds consist of 1000-2000 members. A normal herd , though, has 100-200 members. They are susceptible to contagious diseases. Buffalos are frequently hunted as they have a very high commercial value.
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- [2005-01-21 5:58]
Nice shot Suha. Good sharpness. Shame about the focus on the bird.
Very good Suha. I like the composition a lot. IMO it's a little dark so I did a workshop. I hope you don't mind. You shots are very proffessional, I had a look at your website and I admire your work. very well done