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Tanzania has the highest number of Buffaloes in Africa

Tanzania has the highest number of buffaloes in Africa, at least a recent census report says so.

Results from the recent census conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society in association with the country’s Wildlife Research Institute indicate that there are 191,805 buffaloes in Tanzania.

There are about 400,000 adult buffalo in Africa, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Tanzania therefore has nearly 50 percent of that.

According to the report, the Serengeti ecology has the biggest herd, comprising 69,075 buffaloes so far.

On the other hand ecology mapping Selous Game Reserve, Nyerere and Mikumi National Parks has been found to host 66,546 buffaloes.

Some 35,273 buffaloes are found within the Katavi-Rukwa ecosystem, while 20,911 other buffaloes roam in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecological precinct.

From the studies, it seems there is a 64 percent increase in the country’s cape buffalo population in the last 48 months.

Tanzania conducts a wildlife census every three years, though the previous one was done in 2018.

The African Buffalo found in Tanzania is one of the most terrifying species.

The ‘Mbogos’ are very strong and aggressive, sometimes charging at anyone or anything for practically no reason at all.

There are around 900,000 cape buffalo in the world.

The largest the population on the continent is found in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

As once more proven by the census, Tanzania has the most cape buffaloes.

There are four subspecies, the forest buffalo, West African savanna buffalo, Central African buffalo, and southern savanna buffalo.

Craning out

In another development, the population of some rare large birds such as the crane was found to increase in Ruaha Rungwa, where the number has doubled from 1,436 cranes counted in 2018 to 3,127 as per the latest census.

Meanwhile poaching activities have been reported to be on decline in Tanzania, judging by the number of carcasses observed in the wilderness.

For instance, the report indicates that there have been only three elephant carcasses throughout the year 2021, compared to the 12 remains observed in 2018.


Another white buffalo appears in Tarangire

A strange, coloured buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater

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