Thursday, 1 June 2017


African game safari, Uganda safari, safari in Uganda, Uganda tours

The Cape buffalo, also known as the African buffalo is notably one of the African “big five mammals”. It is a very dangerous animal, reported to cause approximately 200 deaths per year, far more than any other African mammal. It is a large and influential animal that does not surrender even if wounded by hunters.

The horns of the Cape buffalo give a clear indication of their age and sex. The females and young males do not have the hard defensive horns that protects the base of the skull in large adult males
Cape buffaloes are very communal and live in large and enormous mixed herds of up to 2000 members! Both sexes have a separate hierarchy, with males ruling over females. Members of the same subgroup usually live together in an exclusive composition with each other and will often sleep with their heads resting on one another
The African buffalo which is often confused with the Asian water buffalo, shares many of the same behaviors but they clearly belong to separate genre and classification.
Cape buffalo have the status of being so dangerous when they are cornered or wounded. There are many tales told by big game hunters earlier this century of injured buffalo turning back and killing the man with a handgun.
The Cape buffalo is a relatively large dark brown to black hooted mammal with dropping edged ears and enormous curved horns.
About 10-17m (3.3 - 5.6ft) tall at shoulder 2, 1-3.4m (17-11ft) in length. Females are smaller than the male counterparts.
An African cape buffalo weighs nearly 425-900 kg (935-2000 lb) and it is herbivore – and a grazer that eats tall, coarse grass.
Their gestation period lasts about 11.5 months; habitually a single calf is born at a time. Sexual maturity is between 3.5-5 years. Its life span is 15-25 years.
African buffalo is usually found in savannas and grasslands next to a permanent source of water.
In Uganda, cape buffaloes can be found in Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park and Kidepo valley national park; they are very common animals and every one on a game safari in Uganda can’t go without having a clear sight of their herds.

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