Conservation Status

Not listed as threatened or endangered



--The African buffalo depends on water and does not live in regions with less than 10 inches of rain a year.

--Buffalo can live in herds of a few hundred, but have been known to gather by the thousands during the rainy season.

Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Syncerus
Species: caffer


Weight: Approximately 1,500 pounds
Length: Up to 11 feet
Height: Up to 65 inches at the shoulder
Life Span: Up to 18 years in the wild
Gestation: 11-12 months
# of young: Average 1 calf every 2 years
Range: Found in the northern and southern savannas as well as the lowland rain forests in Africa near a permanent source of water.
Diet: Herbivore, primarily eats grass

Energy & Conservation

The introduction of foreign diseases by non-native species is currently the biggest threat to African wild cattle, including the African buffalo.

Though their populations may be large in size, the number of buffalo is mainly regulated by the abundance of food sources and not by predators. Without fresh green grass, a buffalo's body condition tends to deteriorate quickly.

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