The Cape Buffalo is large, heavily built and formidable, and is a well-respected member of Africa's 'Big 5'.
Although Cape Buffalo are not normally aggressive, if wounded they become one of the world's most dangerous animals.
Cape Buffalo live in large herds, which even today can number thousands: one of the most impressive and frightening sights of Africa is the mighty stampede of a herd of buffalo thundering across the savannah plains.
SIZE: Shoulder height (m) 1,4 m, (f) 1,4 m; mass (m) 700 - 800 kg, (f) 550 kg. Both sexes have horns.
COLOUR: Reddish brown to dark brown or black. Males are darker, and both sexes darken with age.
MOST LIKE: Black wildebeest, but buffalo has black or dark brown tail and is much larger. The buffalo is also distinctly oxlike in appearance with heavily built limbs.
HABITAT: Savannah woodland and bushveld close to water.
REPRODUCTION & GESTATION PERIOD:
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