Dwarf forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Species Information

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DESCRIPTION: The forest or Congo buffalo grows to 130cm (4¼ foot) at the shoulder and can weigh up to 320kg6. They are usually red to red-brown in colour, with males being darker than females. The horns of the forest buffalo are much shorter than their savannah cousin, growing to only 30-40cm (12-16 inches) in length6.

HABITAT: The forest sub-species is found in fairly high numbers in open grassy areas within equatorial forests, but also in smaller numbers in dense forest3. There are estimated to be around 60,000 forest buffalo in Africa3 mainly found in West & Central African forests.

FEEDING: Dwarf forest buffalo are herbivores, feeding on grasses and leaves2.