red buffalo

Syncerus caffer nanus

Common name

red buffalo

Habitat

Although the red buffalo prefers open grasslands, swampy areas and waterways in rainforests, it can be seen in wooded savannahs in drier areas.
Features

Family

Bovidae, Subfamily: Bovinae

Medals

Artiodactyla

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

300 days.

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

ESB

Diet

Grass, twigs and young shoots.

Life

18-20 years in the wild, up to 28 in captivity.

Biology and behavior

Due to its elusive behavior and habitat, there is very little information about it. It is smaller than the capri buffalo, it is reddish brown and has shorter horns, which grow horizontally on the head and up and behind, in a very peculiar way.

They have long linear ears with a long tuft of hair at the end. It weighs around 300 kg. It lives in groups of 5 to 20 individuals.

After 10 months of gestation, they give birth to a calf that follows the mother a few minutes later. They are very protective of their young. Hybridization occasionally occurs between savanna and forest buffaloes.

Some
curiosities

It is hunted for its meat and horns. The leopard is its main predator. Although they are very different, both phenotypically and in their habitat, they are frequently named as a subspecies of the kaffir buffalo.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island