African buffalo

They are also known as the “black death” or “widowmaker,” which says a lot about them – dangerous!

Charles J. Sharp

Although a herbivore, the African buffalo is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa! They have been recorded killing a lion and chasing lions up the trees. They are large animals with long, stocky bodies covered with black or dark brown coats. Their horns diverge downwards at the base and then curve upwards and outwards.

They are considered one of the “big five,” but sadly, it is not something to be proud of as the term is used to label the most dangerous animal to hunt in Africa.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2018
Benin
2018
Botswana
2018
Burkina Faso
2018
Burundi
2018
Cameroon
2018
Central Af. Rep.
2018
Chad
2018
Congo-Brazzaville
2018
Côte D’ivoire
2018
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2018
Equatorial Guinea
2018
Eritrea
0
Official estimate
EX
Extinct 2008
Eswatini
2018
Reintroduced
Ethiopia
2018
Gabon
2018
Gambia
0
Official estimate
EX
Extinct 2008
Ghana
2018
Guinea-Bissau
2018
Guinea
2018
Kenya
2018
Lesotho
0
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
Liberia
2018
Malawi
2018
Mali
2018
Mozambique
2018
Namibia
2018
Niger
2018
Nigeria
2018
Rwanda
2018
Senegal
2018
Sierra Leone
2018
Somalia
2018
South Africa
2018
South Sudan
2018
Sudan
2018
Tanzania
2018
Togo
2018
Uganda
2018
Zambia
2018
Zimbabwe
2018

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No

African buffalo on banknotes

Zimbabwe 2 Dollars (1983)
Zimbabwe 50 Million Dollars (2008)
This is called “inflation”, by the way.