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African Buffalo

(engl: African Buffalo)

Armed giants

The American Buffalo, a steppe subspecies lives in Nuremberg Zoo. They are the most famous and the largest subspecies, characterised by their huge horns. As forehead weapons, they use them to defend themselves against enemies and to fight rivals during mating season.

Body care - yes please!

In the wild, buffalos are often found accompanied by two bird species - the woodchuck and cattle egret. The latter also lives in the Nuremberg Zoo. These birds eat insects, ticks and other parasites from the buffalo’s skin.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Kaffernbüffel
Verbreitungsgebiet: Kaffernbüffel
Wissenschaftl. Name Syncerus caffer
Ordnung Artiodactyla
Familie Bovidae
Größe ♂ bis 1,7 m, ♀ bis 1,3 m
Gewicht ♂ bis 700 kg, ♀ bis 400 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit 10,5 Monate, meist 1 Jungtier
Verbreitung Africa
Lebensraum savannah
Nahrung Grasses, Herbs, Leaves from trees and shrubs
Bestand endangered