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Buffalo

The largest buffalo populations in Namibia are to be found in the Caprivi game parks and in the neighboring Chobe National Park in Botswana. Here often large herds of a hundred animals can be observed.

To avoid the heat, buffalos prefer to graze in the cool hours of the morning and evening and also at night. They very much like to wallow in the mud and so build up a protective layer against mosquitoes and other insects on their skin.


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Male and female buffalos have horns, the male ones being much bigger and end in broad cartilages. The cartilages of older bulls grow together on the forehead from both sides.

Buffalos are normally quite peaceful and only become aggressive when they feel threatened. For example, it is reported that buffalos which were shot, closed in on the hunter in a circle and attacked him.

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