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|Visiting the Krugerpark I saw a few times a great hurt of Buffelo´s, it is a pity that you cannot hear the noise they make, it is very impressive.|
Thanks for looking.
Out of wikipedia
The African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a bovid from the family of the Bovidae. It is up to 1.7 meters high, 2.8 meters long, and can reach a weight of about 1080 kilograms. On average, an adult male stands about 1.5 m high at the shoulder and weighs 750 - 800 kg, while a female is 10 - 15 cm shorter and weighs between 500 - 600 kg. Bulls at ten years of age or older frequently reach or exceed 900 kg.
The Cape Buffalo is not closely related to the slightly larger Asian Water Buffalo, but its ancestry remains unclear. It is a very powerful creature, demanding respect from even a pride of lions when paths cross. Other than humans, they have few natural predators and are capable of defending themselves against (and sometimes killing) lions. Lions do kill and eat buffalo occasionally, but it typically takes multiple lions to bring down a single adult buffalo; fewer when it is injured or very old. The leopard and spotted hyena are a threat only to newborn calves. The African Buffalo has never been domesticated.
Known as one of the "big five" in Africa, the Cape Buffalo can be a volatile and formidable beast, goring, trampling and killing several people a year. It is reputedly the most dangerous game animal, with the possible exception of the hippopotamus. But scientists highly dismiss this notion, reasoning that the aggression of a buffalo is a retaliation towards hunters who try to hunt down a wounded animals.
Cape Buffalo occur from open savannah to thickly wooded country, and wallow when the opportunity presents itself. They are found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.
The main herd consists of both sexes and all ages, though bachelor groups are also found. A male is recognizable by the thickness of his horns, and is called the "Boss." Bulls mature at eight years of age. Cows first calve at five years of age, after a gestation period of 11.5 months. Older bulls forced out of herds are commonly found in bachelor groups.
Although in the past the population of African buffalo was in the tens of millions, it now stands at about 900,000; mostly in the savannas of eastern Africa. Some of the reasons for this decline in numbers are hunting, both for food and for sport; the conversion of their habitat to farmland and cattle pasture; droughts; and the introduction of foreign pests and diseases, especially the cattle disease rinderpest. It is not considered to be in danger of extinction as long as it remains protected in parks and reserves, although habitat loss continues
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- [2007-03-12 7:32]
A nice shot. Good detail and a very interesting subject as well. TFS
Super portrait of an interesting animal - very well framed as well. There is great detail on his horns and the wee tuft of grass in the forground breaks up the image nicely.
- [2007-03-12 7:43]
un superbe portait, même sans le son c'est impressionnant. Les marques sur la tête et les cornes témoignent son vécu.
- [2007-03-12 8:28]
An impressive shot of this old male buffalo,well captured with excellent colors,POV and sharpnee,well done and TFS
Nice portrait of this big buy, Viv.
One of the top five :)
Excellent portrait of this Buffalo!
I like so much the wide compositon made, and how you fill the frame from side to side with their large horns.
Got excellent details on their face, full of rich textures.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- [2007-03-12 14:47]
What a nice shot. Pose of this giant, cropping and POV are perfect. Detail of the animal, reflection of its mood are excellent too. Very well done picture. My best wishes and TFS.
You were alone in the car...and getting so close.
With a window open and a lens outside...?
Remember my promised Kruger tips;-)
- [2007-03-12 19:21]
Your capture has superb details and color showing this impressive animal as if we were there with you, great job.
- [2007-03-13 0:44]
Impressive portrait of this Cape Buffalo.
That features on that face have many stories to tell.
Love the sharp details and the texture on those horns.
TFS. : )