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Unread postby Donny » Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:09 pm

Hi guys,

Was driving from Satara towards Ngotso Dam on the 11/08/07 at about 5pm & came across what I can only refer to as a "mega-herd".They must have been numbering maybe a 1000 or more.They were backed up for 2-3km maybe.Watched them cross the road from west side 2wards the east heading to Ngotso Dam.

Must have watched them cross the road for about 10minutes & then I proceeded to ngotso where they came thundering in to drink. Awesome SIGHT !!! :dance:

Sat at Ngotso & watched them for 15min & had to get back to Satara b4 gates closed but was delayed as they were still crossing the road. Every shape & size of buffalo was present.

Lions were seen earlier in day very close to Ngotso so there must have been action later on.

On return saw a stand-off between rhino+calf & hyaena.Hyaena backed off .

Can't wait to get back in there !!!

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Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:04 pm

Hi all,

Altough the north of kruger is very good for large groups of buffalo, The only 'huge' groups I'e seen was at satara and Pretoriuskop!

This beast is wandering close to Satara..
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The biggest heard I have ever seen! All these pictures are of one herd, on the H1-4 to Olifants..

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Unread postby Ludwig » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:06 pm

One of my favorites:
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Unread postby Nico » Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:00 pm

In this little video you see a large group of Buffalo's in the dust. It is always an impressive spectacle to see so many Buffalo's together. :shock:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=z6-b589nPxk[/video] :wink:
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Unread postby Liam » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:40 pm

1 of 3 Buffalo seen on my first trip to Kruger.
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Unread postby Nico » Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:18 am

In this little video, you see a croc attack a young buffalo but the young buffalo escaped and was quite injured. I filmed this near Shingwedzi in the Shingwedzi Riverbed. :shock:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=9T6B3K7m5Bw[/video]
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:24 pm

Wild about cats wrote:Saw a few of these buffalo near Punda Maria. Does anyone know what this is?

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This is really puzzling me, WAC! :shock:

It is definitely plant matter, and the fact that it seems to be fibrous and hanging slightly loose from the corrugated areas of the horns would not indicate tree rubbing!

I think it is decaying water plant matter, having been picked up from the stream during wallowing or feeding, with most of the rest being rubbed off during grazing! :P

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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:30 pm

By the way, what size do you guys think is the largest buffalo herd recorded scientifically in Kruger?

The census was done photographically using a helicopter, but it still proved impossible to be entirely accurate!

Near Tshokwane in the early 80's ! 8)

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Unread postby bucky » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:40 pm

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Unread postby Nico » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:20 pm

In this little video, you see some big Buffalo Bulls playing with their horns in little bushes. :wink:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=o5gtsNhQTMc[/video]
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:13 am

bentley wrote::shock: Interesting...

Cape buff's were in a bit of danger not so long ago. Would the bouvine(spelling ?) virus have something to do with the albino calf due to the numbers dropping & inter-breeding happening ?

If a first time visitor that has not seen buffalo had to see this, I'm sure the thaught of "why is there a cow's calf in between the herd ???" running through their mind. :lol:


Dunno what happened to my previous post but anyhoo...

Albinism is not caused by inbreeding. It is cause by the lack of pigmentation in a gene. It so happens that every now and then you will spot an albino animal around in Kruger. Most don't last thou as they are discarded by the herd and becomes an easy target for predators.

A leucistic (partial albinistic) elephant was seen a month or two ago in Kruger.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:30 am

Sawubona wrote:Thanks for the pic, Leopardspotter.

Just a question...

If these albino's have a calf one day, would they be albino or normal?


One can't say for sure. They might and they might not. An albino animal might have perfectly normal pigmented offspring.

The only sure way if I remember correctly is if both parents carry the albino gene. (Not necessary having to be albino themselves.)

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Unread postby Jose » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:02 pm

wildtuinman wrote:<...>A leucistic (partial albinistic) elephant was seen a month or two ago in Kruger.

Just for the record, there is no such thing as a "partial albino". There are however many off-colour forms, in mammals as well as birds and other creatures... This is a good thread to start reading up...
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:16 pm

There has been a previous record of a total albino buffalo in Kruger, in the 1980's.

If I remember correctly it survived to adulthood.

(Tshokwane area.)

As a footnote, there was a bit of an explosion of albino animals in that area, including kudu and impala, as well as lion in the Vutomi Dam area! :shock:

Pure coincidence!
(See CUSTOS magazine.)

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Unread postby bentley » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:48 am

Cool, thanx every one. Are buff's still under pressure with the bouvine virus ?
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