Asian Water Buffalo
10 feet long, 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Weighs up to 2,600
life up to 25 years
Population in the Wild:
1-2 calves after a gestation of 10-11 months.
Grasslands with a large water supply for drinking and wallowing.
usually walk slowly as they graze.
on grasses. Also known to eat fruit and bark, ‘browsing’ on
related to our domestic cattle.
Relationship to Humans:
|Bred domestically and used to help pull plows, as a source of meat
and dairy, dung is used as fertilizer on crops or dried and used as
fuel for fires.
photo M Noonan
buffalo spends a lot of time in shallow waters and muddy soils.
Their widely splayed hooves act like snow shoes so that this large
animal can walk in the mud without sinking too deeply and getting
many other species the Indian Water Buffalo is most threatened by
the loss of habitat from people expanding their villages and
farmlands. The water buffalo have also ben known to mate with
domestic cattle which means the babies will not be full blood wild
being done now?
buffalo can be seen at Kaziranga National Park of India. The park
is well protected and is large enough that many individuals can form
be done in the future?
More natural space will be needed for
the wild water buffalo to thrive in India. People also should make
sure that domestic cattle do not overlap in wild buffalo ranges, so
they don’t mate.