Cape Buffalo

Also known as the African buffalo, the Cape buffalo is one of the big five animals that make wildlife safaris memorable.  It resembles a cow, though with ridged horns that curves out of the head, downwards and then inwards.  Its young ones are reddish brown while the adults are blackish.  It can grow to about 4-6 feet and weigh about 700kgs.

This herbivore lives in the savannah or low forests. You can never predict what this animal will do especially when it is cornered. It is ferocious when attacked but peaceful when no one bothers it.  The Cape buffalo lives in herds of thousands, mostly made up of female animals. Males prefer bachelor herds.

In addition to man, other enemies of this species are the lion, cheetah, hyena and leopard.  Lions kill adult animals while the other cats prey on the calves. The ox pecker bird does daily grooming on this species hide to keep off parasites.

You can spot the Cape buffalo in Lake Nakuru National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Amboseli National Park and Aberdare National Park.  It needs water to survive, and hence it lives in areas with sufficient supply.

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