Hunting Cape Buffalo

SPECIES: Syncerus caffer

IDENTIFICATION: Large bulky animals. Grayish-black, similar colour of the soil at times when it wallows in the mud. Both sexes have got horns. The males have got bigger bosses (heavy part of the horn which rests on the animal’s head) and their horns are used to smash bushes.


HABITAT: Cape Buffalo is primarily a savanna species, may be spotted at high elevations and are never far from water. Buffalo are fond of wallowing and are exceptional swimmers.

MASS: 600 kg

BREEDING: 1 calf is born after a 11- 11.5 month (330 days) gestation period. They breed throughout the year with peaks in August and September.

DIET: Grazer, but occasionally browses on shoots, twigs and bushes. Dependent on water; therefore, often found close to water.

CHARACTERISTIC: These are gregarious, shy creatures with fair sight, poor to good hearing and a good sense of smell. When hunted and wounded they are particularly dangerous. If you approach them on foot, they will stare in your direction before finally running off uttering grunts.

 It is wise to avoid dense cover and reeds where old bulls may be lying up. They charge head-on and are difficult to stop at short range.


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