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Buffalo at Deteema picnic site

Near Robins Camp, Hwange National ParkBuffalo

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JohnRH - 12. Oct, 2015 - Reply

According to Wikipedia: “It is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal, as it gores and kills over 200 people every year.

The African buffalo is not an ancestor of domestic cattle, and is only distantly related to other larger bovines. Owing to its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated unlike its Asian counterpart, the water buffalo. Other than humans, African Cape buffaloes have few predators aside from lions and are capable of defending themselves.”

frankiekay - 12. Oct, 2015 - Reply

I have a very healthy respect for these creatures and they are HUGE too! All these in this pic are males and they sure can protect themselves. At Deteema, the camp site overlooks the watering hole, so one can sit in relative safety and photograph the animals visiting. A few days before, I took a pic of more than a thousand of them drinking at a dam south of here – its hard to photograph – has to be experienced!

JohnRH - 12. Oct, 2015 - Reply

Wow. I’d love to see that picture of a thousand. When I was a kid in the 1950’s I used to watch old jungle/safari movies of the 40’s and 50’s. The neat thing about them was they filmed huge herds of all kinds of African animals. I suspect such herds are hard to find these days.

Aaron Chingombe - 12. Oct, 2015 - Reply

Thank you thank you, that is indeed a lovely picture, I hope you are hiding from the heat wave

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frankiekay - 12. Oct, 2015 - Reply

We are still working!! With the prolonged drought, we are still busy! Yes, Robin’s Camp is certainly worth another visit soon

Suki - 13. Oct, 2015 - Reply

Hmmmm – looking very dry. Wonder what they find to eat. Hope the rains fall soon.

frankiekay - 13. Oct, 2015 - Reply

We wondered that same thing, although there are parts of Robins area where there is plenty of grass, if they only moved there