As it is with many young animals, the baby Buffalo is an adorable little creature whose appearance alters as he/she grows. They are born weighing only 40-53 kilograms, with red-brown or light brown fur that becomes darker as they age. The developing horns and straight and appear ‘V’ shaped above their ears.
I am a calf, petite and cute. I start standing and walking nearly 10 minutes after being born. Thereafter, I remain by my mother’s side for approximately 2 years. While I am young, I drink milk until the ages of 6-18 months. Within the gang, each of our mothers give birth around the same time. This means that I often have family members the same age as me. Which is more fun for me! Together we enjoy playing and skipping around. If we happen to wander too far and find ourselves alone (without our mothers) we communicate through sound. We let out a high-pitched distress call which helps our mothers find us. We may also make loud sounds when threatened by predators, to which the herd responds by defending us.
The birth rate of the African Buffalo varies in relation to the availability of food; habitat; diseases; poaching and predators. The combination of these factors leads to the decline in the number of Cape Buffaloes, which we as humans can help reduce in some way. The preservation of calves means that future generations are being preserved. Considering that we are the most dominant species, we have the power to make or break the systems of the animal kingdom, therefore it is our duty to do what is right and protect them as much as we can.
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