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Baffling Buffalo Facts Explained: How Much Does A Buffalo Weigh?

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Wondering how much does a huge, furry buffalo weigh?

Try to take a guess how much these furry animals weigh. It is not easy!

A buffalo, also known as a bison in America, is a deep brown furred animal that can grow up to a significant size and can range between 661.3-2,182.5 lb (300-990 kg) in weight! It has a large head that possesses a pair of two curved horns. It looks quite calm from a distance but has the power to kill if it gets offended. It is huge, heavy, and can reach a speed of 35 mph (56.3 kph)! Read on to learn about the bull, the cow, and the calf in more detail!

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How much does the average buffalo weigh?

The American bison is the hugest mammal in North America. The adult male bison, called a bull, can reach a weight of 2,000 lb (907.1 kg) and can attain a height of 6 ft (1.8 m) whereas females, called cows, can reach a weight of 1,000 lb (453.5 kg) approximately and their height can range anywhere between 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m).

In America, the terms bison and buffalo are interchangeable. However, the scientific name is bison, and bison and buffalo are actually different species. It has deep brown colored fur that grows quite long on the head and on the face. It also grows out a mane as well as a beard. Its head has a thick skull and is large-sized. The male and female bison possess curved, short horns that are black in color and are about 2 ft (0.6 m) in length. A bison is also known to fight with others by crashing its horns and head with horns and the head of others. An old bison is about 20 years old and cannot live more than this age usually.

How much does a newborn buffalo weigh?

The calf can weigh between 30-70 lbs (13.6-31.7 kg) at the time of birth and weigh 65 lb (29.4 kg) on average. A baby is also known as a red dog. Cows give birth to bison calves between late March and May. They are known as red dogs when they are born as they are red-orange in color. However, this coloration of calves is temporary and the fur becomes dark brown when they mature into an adult. Their horns and shoulder hump also start to grow. A young bison (calf) can be bothered by a cold winter. Many young bison face the risk of dying in winter months.

Calves and cows communicate with each other through grunts that are similar to those of pigs whereas bulls emit bellows during the mating season. Calves and cows also stay in a herd together. During the breeding season that takes place in summer, males are known to join the female bison herd so as to find a suitable partner. The dominant bull (male bison) selects a suitable cow (female bison) and will defend her from other males through fights with them. If the cow allows the male to mate with her, the pair undergo breeding.

A big black buffalo on the grass covered fields in the African jungles

Why are buffalo so heavy?

Buffalo eat only plant material such as native grasses, but they digest proteins in the form of protozoans. Protozoans are animals that are single-celled and live in the buffalo's stomach where they break down particles that the buffalo eats. In the process of breaking these particles down, protozoans grow by making protein for themselves and reproduce on their own as well. After protozoans die, buffalo digest them to build their own body.

The buffalo is a part of the group consisting of lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, and leopards. This group is called the big five and is believed to have the most dangerous animals in the wild. A buffalo can be dangerous, especially a female protecting her calf, an old bull that has been bothered, or a wounded bull wanting to take revenge. It is a big creature but is also very fast and agile. It can attain a speed of 35 mph (56.3 kph) and can jump high fences. It is also a great swimmer. Interestingly, a bison's mood can be judged by the position of its tail. If the tail is down and moving naturally, it is calm. But if the bison's tail is standing tall, the bison is ready to fight.

Do all breeds of buffalo weigh the same?

Not all breeds of buffalo have the same weight. All of them fall between the range of 661.3-2,182.5 lb (300-990 kg). The water buffalo weighs between 661.3-1,212.5 lb (300-550 kg), the African buffalo weighs between 661.3-1,984.1 lb (300-900 kg), the American bison male weighs between 1,014.1-2,182.5 lb (460-990 kg) and the female weighs between 793.6-1,190.5 lb (360-540 kg). The American bison is very large and heavy.

Ancestors of American bison lived in Asia many years ago. They traveled to North America from Asia 400,000 years ago. A bison is a herbivore species that was once prevalent in North America. However, there were very few bison left in the U.S. by the end of the 1800s and were near extinction due to hunting and loss of habitat. Only around 1,000 bison were present in 1900 with a scarce number of wild bison present in Yellowstone National Park. The Interior Department has been the national conservation steward of bison since the 19th century. 17 bison herds that consisted of approximately 10,000 bison were supported by the Interior Department across 12 states. Yellowstone National Park, located in the U.S., is the only location in the U.S. where bison have dwelled from prehistoric times. Bison of Yellowstone National park are extraordinary as they are real descendants of the prehistoric bison that is free from foreign cattle genes.

Did You Know...

A buffalo's price can fluctuate between $1,500-$5,000 with the price depending upon the age, size, and breed!

The bison population of Yellowstone is approximately 4,900 bison making it the public land with the largest bison population!

Frequently called buffalo, bison are not related closely to Africa and Asia's true buffalo species.

The Inter-Tribal Buffalo Council was founded in 1992 and works to shift bison to tribal lands from lands of the national park with the help of the National Park Service.

The Wind Cave National Park herd revived the population of bison all across the country. Teddy Roosevelt facilitated the conservation movement by forming the American Bison Society in 1905 to save bison from near extinction. It started a breeding program in the Bronx Zoo in New York City. The American Bison Society possessed a significant number of bison by 1913 to restore bison herds. Bison now dwell in 50 states of America consisting of private lands, national parks, wildlife refuges, and native American lands.

The wood bison and the plains bison are the two subspecies of bison. There are 31,000 wild bison living in North America out of which 11,000 are wood bison and 20,000 are plains bison!

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