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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby bornfree » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:27 pm

Fantastic he is still alive!! Got to be the same one. Maybe my imagination but seems to have filled out somewhat and those legs are a little bit sturdier.
Maybe we can keep an eye on him.
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:06 pm

A couple of funny ones near Eileen Orpen dam two weeks ago:

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby adw » Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:25 pm

This photo of a true dagga boy was taken on the S90 in March this year. The herd numbered about 200 and the herd was in a placid mood and completely surrounded my vehicle as they slowly crossed the road. The exact location on the S90 was about 2-3 km north of the Bangu Waterhole where the Hlahleni stream crosses the S90.
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Re: Buffalo info needed on sub-species

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:43 pm

The Buffalo in Addo is exactly the same as those in KNP and the rest of SA.
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Re: Buffalo info needed on sub-species

Unread postby NickyG » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:02 pm

Out of interest, on documentaries, you hear buffalo being referred to as "cape Buffalo" and "Water buffalo" - are these the same species, and different sub-species, or different species altogether ?
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Re: Buffalo info needed on sub-species

Unread postby BushFairy » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:16 pm

As far as I know this is how it all works

Species 1:
Cape Buffalo/Plains Buffalo
The one we all see all over Africa, in semi-arid environments (including Kruger, Addo, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, etc., etc.,)

Species 2:
Forest Buffalo/Dwarf Buffalo
The one that is smaller (often seen in zoo's) and is found in forests in central Africa.

Species 3:
Water Buffalo/Asian Buffalo
Native to Asia this buffalo has become one of the asian peoples livestock (like cattle in Kenya...)

These are just the ones I know about, I might be wrong??
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Re: Buffalo info needed on sub-species

Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:51 pm

Hello, and a warm welcome, suezetp!

Good questions!

All Africa's buffalo are of the same species, while the asiatic Water Buffalo is an entirely different one, domesticated or not!

The Addo buffalo are a little different, genetically, IMO in that they are the survivors of a long, small and isolated line of thicket-dwelling buff's that have developed an inclination to having small horns, and being smaller in stature, presumably due to the fact that the bigger-horned bulls were mercilessly hunted first from around the 1700's!

Maybe their habitat has also shrunk them a bit, due to feeding constraints?

Google would lead you to various definitions regarding subspecies...

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Re: Buffalo info needed on sub-species

Unread postby suezetp » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:05 pm

Hi

In my research I have now read a lot about the (mainly African) buffalo.

For interest's sake:

Buffalo mozzarella cheese is made from the milk of water or river buffalo.
It is mainly produced in Italy, but there are producers in South Africa (Cape).
The buffalo used in South Africa were actually imported from Australia.

Thanks for all the info on the sub-species of the African buffalo. It helped me a lot!

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:17 pm

Seen on the S36 in December

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:17 am

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Someone in the know tells me this herd which frequents Mopani area is currently known one in KNP - about 800 strong . I saw them passing above Shipandane hide early on Sunday morning - though they were on the move and not feeding it still took at least 20 minutes for the heard to pass - and only a small number came down to drink .
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby adw » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:30 pm

I wonder if this bull has the widest set of horns in KNP today. this photo was taken on the H6 during my Nov trip. I have seen this bull on an earlier trip on the S36.

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Nico » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:50 am

These horns are amazing. Great photo of him. The DUKE under the Buffalo,s. :wink:

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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby adw » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:07 pm

Thanks Nico, He did not appear to be a large or heavy bull but he certainly had the widest horns I have seen on any buffalo.
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby mattib » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:14 pm

this is a very interesting forum, but my main question is that if a collared and chipped animal is to be killed won't the lion digest the chip. :wink:
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Re: Buffalo

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:01 pm

Yes, the chip should be digested! :D

Interestingly, buff records are measured simply by the width between the extremities of the horns...not the length or anything.


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