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Ludwig, nice shot :clap:

Liam, methinks there must be a nought left off.
According to my Jacana map book, which has published the 2005 cencus, there were 31 060 buffalo in 2005.
I am sure that the Lion did not digest that many in the interim :wink:

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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:

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1 of 3 Buffalo seen on my first trip to Kruger.
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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:



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



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Same albino buffalo calf as Impisi08 had seen. Photographed about 10km north of the bridge on the 1st of April. The albino calf, with a cow (I assume it was the mother), stuck along the outskirts of the herd as many of the larger bulls were very aggressive and uncertain about the youngster.

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: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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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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<...>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 postPosted: 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!
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Cool, thanx every one. Are buff's still under pressure with the bouvine virus ?

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Bentley,

Buffalo is not affected or being placed under pressure by TB.

They are carriers of the disease and it affects other animals who feed on them.


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