How Fast Can a Cape Buffalo Run?
A Cape buffalo can run at speeds of around 35mph which is about 56.3km/h. The body of a Cape buffalo is around 1.8-3.4 meters long which is about 5.9-11.2 feet long. A Cape buffalo is around 1.3-1.7 meters tall at the shoulder which is about 4.3-5.6 feet tall. As for weight, a Cape buffalo can weigh anywhere around 420-900kg which is about 926-1984 pounds. The horns of a Cape buffalo can be around 1 meter across which is about 3.3 feet across. With fully developed Cape buffalo, their horns have fused bases forming a bone shield that covers the forehead. This bone shield is often referred to as the boss. The boss develops as the Cape buffalo grows and is not fully formed until they are an adult. A Cape buffalo will be fully developed when they are around seven years old. The Cape buffalo which is also known as Syncerus caffer caffer, has also been called the African buffalo. As for diet, the Cape buffalo like to eat things like grass and leaves. Even though they are large and heavy, the Cape buffalo are decent at swimming. The Cape buffalo has a symbiotic relationship with the oxpecker bird. The oxpecker birds will eat the parasitic bugs that live on the hide of Cape buffalo. The oxpecker birds will also eat diseased wound tissue which helps keep wounds clean as they heal. Oxpecker birds can also alert the Cape buffalo to nearby danger. The Cape buffalo is known to have an excellent memory. Cape buffalo will live in large herds which offers protection from predators. When around predators the Cape buffalo will stay close together to make it more difficult for predators to pick off a member. When a member of the Cape buffalo herd is in danger they will let out a distress call. The other members of the Cape buffalo herd will respond and come to the aid of the herd member. When the Cape buffalo herd come to the aid of a herd member, they will mob the predators and have been known to kill lions. Cape buffalo will only mate and give birth during the rainy season. The gestation period for a Cape buffalo is around 11 months. As for lifespan, a Cape buffalo will live for about 15-25 years.