The African buffalo was hunted and eradicated in the Kruger National Park. In previous years, the Big 5 were hunted by big game hunters. Buffaloes were one of the big trophies every hunter had to get. Furthermore, farmers had problems with the buffalo, because you did not want to be driven away. Diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease reduced the stocks in the Kruger Park as well. Gradually the number of buffaloes become smaller and smaller, until none were left.
Today, the African buffalo is back in the Kruger National Park. You will be able to observe more than 27,000 buffalo on your visit to the park.
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- Mass 750 kg
- Height: ± 160 cm
- Speed: 55 km/h
- Age: 20 - 25 years
- Gestation period: 11 months
- Span of the horns 147 cm
The buffalo is very sociable and can always be found in large herds. They only have few enemies in the animal world. But predators are always on the look-out for old, sick or young animals. The power of a bull is indescribable and some lions have been badly injured or even killed by a buffalo.
If you are not familiar with "The Battle at Kruger" please follow the link to view the video. It's a real thriller staring lions, crocodiles and buffaloes. Spoiler: The video is not for the faint hearted, but it has a happy ending.
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