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.
Common Name: Water Buffalo
Scientific Name: Bubalus bubalis
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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