Forest Buffalo

Sybcerus caffer nanus

About the Forest Buffalo

The forest buffalo are small and red, unlike the black larger cape buffalo. Forest buffalo inhabit the forests of West and Central Africa up to Lake Edward in Uganda. Their swept-back horns are adapted to make movement easier through dense undergrowth. On their eastern range, cape buffalo and forest buffalo populations overlap and hybridisation is common. Many wild herds contain animals of both red and black colours. Like the cape buffalo, forest buffalo are very protective of their young.


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Smallest subspecies of the African buffalo.

Lives in forests of central and western Africa

Forest buffalo are grazing animals and they feed on various plant species including grasses and tree foliage.

Native to the forests of western and southern Africa.

African buffalo are listed as least concern, the forest buffalo subspecies has similar threats to their habitat.



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