Buffaloes are part of Africa’s 'Big Five' and are notorious for being temperamental – a key reason they have never been domesticated like their Asian counterpart. The buffalo’s primary predator is the lion, though it takes several lions to bring down a single adult buffalo. Buffalo will often try to rescue another member who has been caught, and have been spotted killing lions.
Buffalo herds have a significant ecological impact on the veld. Being bulk grazers, they are responsible for converting long grasslands into short grassy environments conducive to other grazers with more selective feeding habits.
We need your support to create a future for people and nature
Buffaloes have high economic value because they are one of the sought after 'Big Five' in the eco-tourism industry. One of the biggest threats to buffaloes is habitat loss. Outside of national parks, buffalo can come into conflict with people as they can destroy crops and are a risk to people because of their size and aggressive attitude. They also carry Bovine Tuberculosis and Foot and Mouth Disease which can be passed onto domestic cattle, thus restricting the legal movements of the animals and impacting on people’s livelihoods.
Make a symbolic adoption of a buffalo today to show your love and support for our wildlife and wild spaces.
What is WWF doing?
WWF has been involved in species conservation and addressing threats to wildlife since the 1960s. More recently we work closely with rural communities who live near to major wildlife areas. Our influence in wildlife conservation policies assists in balancing environmental goals against social and economic needs. By empowering people, we enable communities to benefit from – and value – wildlife.
This is part of our holistic approach towards ensuring that wildlife is valued by people and able to thrive within functioning well-managed landscapes.
How does the symbolic adoption work?
First of all: thank you. You’re choosing something different. This is a special gift because it will help protect the beautiful and sometimes fragile environments that surrounds us – for both people and nature.
This is a perfect gift for animal lovers, environmentalists or simply people with a big heart.
What you get
A digital symbolic adoption certificate.
A beautiful digital photograph.
An optional soft toy to love forever. *Toy may vary from image shown.
We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending you adoption updates two to three times a year.
Did you know?
Both males and females have horns
Old males may be cast out of the herd and become solitary
Their primary diet is grass
They can live up to 20 years in the wild