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Callum Gowar

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Growing up in Cape Town, the opposite end of South Africa from its main wildlife areas, didn't slow Callum down when embarking on his ranger training at Londolozi at the start of 2015. He had slowly begun moving north-east through the country anyway, ...

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on Cape Buffalo vs Water Buffalo: The Differences

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odie
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nice info

Dave Mills
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Thanks, Callum. Good information, well-written.

Iglooillusion
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Very interesting, thank.

Edouard Paiva
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Thanks a lot Callum Gowar for the good information.

Judy Guffey
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Welcome back! Good to read this blog from you.

Jill Larone
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Thanks for the interesting facts, Callum. I knew nothing about this fierce animal until I spent a few days at Londolozi, and was surprised when both Mark and Lucky said they would rather take their chances with a Lion over a Cape Buffalo! After being stared down by a few big bulls (while in the Rover), I started to understand why! I love the way the herd protects each other when confronted by predators.

Lucas Buxton
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Very well written. Having spent time around both, the Cape buffalo stands its ground gracefully and with presence. A true spectacle to witness first hand.

Dane
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Thanks that will be so helpful for me and my friends

Dane
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I new water buffalo are stronger

Biswapriya Purkayastha
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You forgot a very simple distinction: Cape buffalo have their horns, which are shorter and not swept back over their shoulders, fused over the forehead in a boss. Water buffalo horns, *as clearly evident in your own photographs*, are not fused over the forehead and are swept back over the shoulders. They’re also usually much longer than Cape buffalo horns.

Andrew
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Cool read thanks! There is close to 400,000 feral water buffalo in the top 1/3 of Australia! They grow like weeds with horns spanning near on 3 meters tip to tip

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