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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Buffalo are my favourite animals. Love watching a big herd. Interesting blog.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Chris. Appreciate learning about the herding needs…and how the female pathfinders are important to survival. Buffalo don’t appear to have a matriarchal society as strong as elephants, but none the less elder and current knowledge is critical from “restless” females!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

Very interesting. Thank you for shedding some more light on these beasts.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi what an interesting post! I am an ethologist so this one sounds especially intriguing. Females choose and females win… also in buffalo society. Thank you so much for explaining their detailed behaviour and for the beautiful photos

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Contributor

This story and the way herds operate is why the Safari is so special. I’m intrigued by the lion prides, hyena structure, etc. Why collocations form, why go alone… amazing details.

Thank you for bringing such great detail to these stories.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Look forward to doing just that on next visit. Greg did a masterful job in July 2019 videoing and then speeding up the video of a very large herd approaching a water hole.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Chris, thanks for the educational post about the buffaloes. We always wondered how they figured out which way to go, and as we see in many cases, the women in the family seem to have the best sense of what’s best for everybody! Thanks for including that first image – it included the group in our vehicle. It was a great sighting!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Very interesting behavior. Thanks for this enlightening article.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Fascinating information on Buffaloes! I wonder how many active beards are in the Sabi Sands and how many it could support.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Chris, I loved all the photos🤗

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Going on safari means many different things to each traveler: seeing the big five, the ugly five, a kill, cubs…… but in my opinion, it’s the relationships within each species that makes for interesting viewing. Thank you for pointing out the hierarchy existing within the Buffalo herds, often missed because many just see a bunch of big bovines. This on site learning is what keeps drawing me back to Africa, year after year……

Karin Maclarty
Explorer

Nice interesting post Chris. Thank you.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

So interesting, Chris! Thanks for this insight into the lives of a Buffalo Herd! One lives and learns. We had no idea of the “democracy” they have. Wendy and Neil MacNicol

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Chris, Very interesting to read! When we were at Londolozi we were once in the middle of a big herd of buffalos. It was a fantastic experience! They were all around us and there we sat in the car… They are so impressive! Thank you for sharing! I learned alot!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Playing catch up! This was a very interesting blog Chris, thank you.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Completely fascinating post Chris! Makes me wish to learn more about these underappreciated animals. Also, Buffalo Democracy would be a great band name!!

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