Buffalo Bull close-up in thick vegetation

Caption: Abstract view of the head and horns of an African buffalo bull (Syncerus caffer) partially obscured by leaves and summer vegetation, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 400D digital SLR with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L USM IS telephoto zoom lens; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/320; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 200.

The above photograph, showing just a portion of the huge head and horns of an African Buffalo bull partically hidden by vegetation, was taken from the safety of a safari game drive vehicle.

The word “safety” is used deliberately, because buffalo are known to be extremely dangerous — and even more so when they're old and ill-tempered. It’s not for nothing that the African buffalo is one of Africa’s wildlife “Big Five” — animals considered by hunters to be the most dangerous. The others are African elephant, lion, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The thought of walking in the bush and suddenly being confronted by that massive head, with the thick horns and gnarled “boss” only yards away in the dense green bush makes for nightmare material. If you’re ever on safari, don’t under-estimate African buffalo because they resemble domestic cattle! Take particular care when on foot that you don’t inadvertently stumble on an old, irritabale and bad-tempered bull lurking in the undergrowth.

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