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Dwarf Buffalo

Scientific name:  Syncerus Caffer Nanus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Sabana
Diet:  Herbívoro
Weight:  300 Kg
Size:  1,2 m
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Meet the Dwarf Buffalo!

The Dwarf Buffalo is the smallest of the African buffaloes. Its is found throughout Guinea, as well as northern Angola, Congo and western Uganda.

It is distinguished from close relatives by its reddishcoato, which is short except for the tip of the tail and the edges of the ears.

Both males and females have horns, although in the case of females they are less developed.

What are its habits?

Dwarf buffaloes are usually grouped in herds of a few individuals, dominated by an adult male, although the group leader during movements is usually an old female.

They are always silent mammals, except during the breeding season, when males grunt, roar and fight fiercely. The gestation period lasts about nine months, after which one calf (or occasionally two) is born.

They like to rest during the hottest hours of the day, so they feed most at dusk and at night. They frequent muddy pools, where they wallow to relieve themselves from parasite bites.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The sight and hearing of this buffalo is poor, but not the sense of smell (which they rely on to detect predators, even at a great distance).

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