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"Most of the world's mammals were described in Darwin's time. But I can go somewhere today and see things that no one else has seen before or identified, doing all kinds of bizarre things."
—Dr. Brian Brown, Entomology Curator, pictured here in Argentina, studying bee-killing flies who attack their hosts on palm flowers.
The Cape or African buffalo is the largest African antelope and can weigh up to 2000 lbs. It has few natural predators other than man. Lions will attack only old, sick or immature buffaloes and leopards will attack only newborn calves.
The buffalo is one of the “big five game animals” (the other four being elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros). For hunters, it is the most dangerous of the five.
Grassy glades, water courses, and waterlogged basins
Common over much of its range but declining in west and central Africa
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for African buffalo.