Cape Buffaloes of Africa

Cape Buffaloes are large sub-Saharan bovines, dark brown to black hoofed mammals known to have drooping fringed ears and huge curved horns. The Cape buffaloes can grow to weigh from 450 to 900 kilograms. 

They usually feed on grass and spend most of their time chewing cud. Cape buffaloes usually move in huge herds as they graze in the grasslands. The Cape buffaloes are also known as the African savanna mammals since they are endemic to the Savannah grasslands.

Countries where the Cape buffaloes live.

Cape buffaloes can be found in selected countries especially in the eastern and southern parts of Africa where they are endemic. Cape buffaloes can be found in South Africa particularly in the breathtaking Kruger National Park, in Botswana in the magnificent Chobe National Park, Tanzania in the beautiful Katavi National Park and in Kenya in the breathtaking Masai Mara national reserve. The Cape buffaloes inhabit mostly the savanna grasslands in these national parks and live in large herds. 

Top most interesting facts about Cape buffaloes.

Cape buffaloes have soft tongues which they use when chewing cud.  This therefore clears the rumors of the tale that its tongue can clear off the human skin as told by the ancient travelers.

Cape buffaloes are reported to kill more hunters than any other animal in the wild areas on the African continent and this is partly why they are referred to as black death or widow makers. They are indeed fierce animals when provoked and can even kill strong predators when in large numbers. They are very tough animals to the extent that sometimes it requires more than one predator to be put down, especially for the well-grown adults.  More than one lion is required to put down one adult Cape Buffalo.

Cape buffaloes are also good swimmers, they can be found on the shores of water bodies in national parks and the river banks. Buffaloes enjoy swimming in the waters and their nasal area is such a favorable factor that helps them enjoy the waters as they feed on the floating vegetation and supplement their diets. Watching cape buffaloes swim in the water bodies is such an amazing experience.

They showcase intelligent behavior compared to other animals. Cape buffaloes can fight predators in their herds which is such an interesting fact since they cannot leave a member of the herd at the hands of predators.

Cape buffaloes are known to sleep for only about an hour the entire day. They spend most of their time chewing cud and feeding on the grasslands of the national parks. 

Cape buffaloes have poor sight and hearing though they usually utilize it to the maximum both during day and night as they feed and look after themselves and young ones in the herds to protect them against predators. 

Cape buffaloes make rumbling sounds and explosive grunts as a signal to their other fellows to show aggression in case they are annoyed at each other and during the fight for females in times of mating.

The horns of the Cape buffaloes can always grow up to when the animal is almost 80 years of age. This is such an interesting fact about these buffaloes and they are known to be fierce animals mainly because of the way they use their horns as they fight their predators.

Cape buffaloes are celebrated in the ecosystem since they coexist with various bird species especially the yellow billed ox-peckers which tend to feed on their skins as they eat the flies that come to the skins of the animal, the dry mud on the skins and also on the dry wounds as they help clean them.

How different are Cape buffaloes from other big 5 animals?

Cape buffaloes are different from other big 5 animals and this is showcased in their behavior and characteristics encompassing;

Cape buffaloes have curved horns on top of their heads which is used to distinguish their age and sex and also distinguishes them from the rest of the animals since others that have horns have them in the front of their faces especially the elephants and Rhinos.

Cape buffaloes are renowned for forming incredibly large groups and thus important to highlight that a herd of these buffaloes can go up to more than 200 members which is uncommon in the rest of other big 5 animals.

Cape buffaloes are entirely herbivorous and this separates them from other big 5 animals especially the lions and leopards that are carnivores.

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