African Buffalos

A pair of African Buffaloes, also known as Cape buffaloes, graze near the dam at the #NairobiNationalPark. Buffaloes are one of the Big Five game attractions making them a sought after trophy in hunting. Their characteristic horns form a continuous bone shield across the top of their head, referred to as a “boss”. The horns form fully when the animal attains the age of five or six years. African buffaloes weigh about 631 kilograms are unique to South and East Africa. They have never been domesticated and are widely regarded as dangerous animals, reportedly goring and killing over 200 people every year.

Conservation status The current status of African Cape buffalo is dependent on the animal’s value to both trophy hunters and tourists, paving way for conservation efforts through anti-poaching patrols and village crop damage payouts. Buffaloes are classified as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the species remains widespread with an estimated global population of nearly 900,000 animals. More than three-quarters live in protected areas.

Special thanks to Kathy Karambu.

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