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Species of the Week – Cape or Southern Buffalo

Syncerus caffer caffer

Cape Buffalo map F028Bufalo del Cabo (Sp), Kaffernbüffel, Schwarzbüffel (G), Buffle du Cap, Buffle noir (F). The common name “Cape buffalo” is misleading, because this subspecies is native to many parts of Africa besides the Cape of Good Hope region (where it is extinct); however, that is what most people call it.

DESCRIPTION Shoulder height 60-65 inches (150-165 cm). Weight 1,400-1,800 lbs (650-800 kg).

The Cape buffalo is the largest and darkest (black, or nearly so) of the African buffaloes. Its heavy horns curve outward and downward from massive bosses to well below skull level, then circle upward, inward and slightly backward.

DISTRIBUTION Savanna areas in Kenya, southern Somalia, Uganda except in the northwest, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania; all of Angola except for the far northwest; Katanga Province in southeastern Congo (K); Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, and northeastern Transvaal in South Africa. Has been reintroduced on private ranches in other parts of South Africa.

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Species of the Week – Nelson Desert Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis nelsoni
NEW_Bighorn_Sheep_mapBorrego cimarron (Sp), Nuslen Dickhornschaf (G), Mouflon du desert (F). The subspecific name was given in 1897 for American naturalist E. W. Nelson.
DESCRIPTION (male) Shoulder height about 36 inches (90 cm). Weight 150-170 pounds (68-77 kg). Females are about 60 percent as large as males.
Essentially, the desert sheep is a bighorn that has adapted to a hot, arid environment with limited forage and water. It is Continue reading Species of the Week – Nelson Desert Bighorn Sheep

Species of the Week – Aoudad Free Range North America Introduced

The aoudad has adapted well to the Texas landscape.
The aoudad has adapted well to the Texas landscape.

 The aoudad is a strongly built animal, with a short mane on the neck and shoulders and long, flowing hair on the throat, chest, forelegs (where it forms pantaloons or chaps) and tail. Overall coloration is sandy-brown with the underparts paler. Biologists consider it Continue reading Species of the Week – Aoudad Free Range North America Introduced