About Water Buffalo

The water buffalo, or Asian buffalo, as it is often called, is the largest member of the Bovini tribe, which includes yak, bison, African buffalo, various species of wild cattle, and others.

Standing 5 to 6.2 feet tall at the shoulder, wild water buffalo are formidable mammals with sparse gray-black coats. Males carry enormous backward-curving, crescent-shaped horns stretching close to 5 feet long with deep ridges on their surface. Females are smaller in size and weight, but they also have horns, although they are proportionately smaller.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Water Buffalo

Scientific Name: Bubalus bubalis

Type: Mammals

Diet: Herbivores

Group Name: Herd

Average life span in the wild: Up to 25 years

Average life span in captivity: Up to 25 years

Size: Head and body, 8 to 9 ft; tail 2 to 3.3 ft

Weight: 1,500 to 2,650 lbs

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