The Water Buffalo is also known as the Asian buffalo, and is the largest member of the Bovine family (which includes yak, bison, cattle, and others). Both the females and males have backward curving horns, but the males’ horns are significantly larger than the females. Water buffalos have wide splayed hooves which help them move around, by preventing them from sinking, in the swamps and wetlands where they spend most of the day. They like to feed on grass and herbs in nearby grasslands. Herds are divided between male and female herds, but the male calves stay with the maternal herds for around three years before moving into the all male herds. Female water buffalo gestate for 9 - 11 months and normally produce calves every other year. Water buffalo have provided humans with different products for our survival for over 5000 years; products such as meat, milk, hides and rural power by plowing and transporting people and crops.
|Diet||Herbivore: Grass and Herbs|
|Size||Head and body, 8 - 9 feet, tall 2 - 3.3 feet|
|Average Life Span||Up to 25 years|