Wild Asiatic Buffalo
Wild Asiatic buffalo, Assam. This huge bull was standing just a few feet from the jeep so I took the opportunity to capture this close up portrait using my 500m lens. Assam is the best place in India to see these endangered beasts, having more than 90% of the total world population!
About Asiatic Water Buffalo:
Water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) are large herbivores in the family Bovidae. Also known as Asian buffalo, Asiatic buffalo and wild Asian buffalo, they are native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Water buffalo have been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 1986. The remaining wild population is estimated at around 3,400 individuals, of which 3,100 are found in India; primarily in Assam where Kaziranga National Park is a stronghold. The wild water buffalo is the ancestor of the domestic water buffalo, however it is much larger and heavier weighing 600 to 1,200 kg. Asiatic Buffalo are one of the heaviest living wild bovids, second only to the Gaur which is also found in India.
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