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Cape Buffalo

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Marios, 15 Dec 2010.

  1. gerenuk

    gerenuk Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't discount African buffalo from North American collections.
     
  2. Ebirah766

    Ebirah766 Well-Known Member

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    I know this is an old conversation, but why does the AZA want to phase out cape buffalo?
     
  3. jayjds2

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    Phase outs are usually for a number of reasons- lack of genetic diversity, lack of interest (either by the public or by the institutions keeping them), etc.

    I'm sure you'll be glad to know that Cape buffalo are no longer an AZA phase out. Every institution with them is breeding them.
     
  4. Ebirah766

    Ebirah766 Well-Known Member

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    Ah, ok.
     
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    I could see zoos phasing them out due to their aggression. But I am glad to see they aren't being phased out.
     
  6. Ebirah766

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    Yeah. But elephants and hippos are known to be more aggressive, and zoos keep them, so I wouldn't see a use for getting rid of cape buffalo.
     
  7. animalszoos

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    Al Bustan has Cape Buffalo.
     
  8. elefante

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    Good point. Maybe I'm derailing the thread with this, but how common are water buffalo in the USA? Are they a phaseout species?
     
  9. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    fun fact: water buffalo are farmed in the USA, albeit not to the same degree as other livestock.
     
  10. ThylacineAlive

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    There are only domestic water buffalo in the US afaik.

    ~Thylo
     
  11. elefante

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    Are they common in zoos?
     
  12. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

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    Not sure. I know they're around but I've only seen them in one non-AZA zoo over here.

    ~Thylo