Water Buffalo

Our Water Buffalo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Water Buffalo (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Water Buffalo Facts
Water Buffalo
Bubalus bubalis

Type
Mammal
Life Span
25 years
Size
5.5-6.5 feet
Average Weight
880-2000 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
Up to 30 in the wild
Varies in captivity
Name of Young
Calf

Our Water Buffalo, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Water buffalo are endangered in the wild; only 3,500 remain. However, the domestic population is around 158 million, with about 95% located within Asia.
  • They are originally from Southern Asia, but there are populations in South America, Europe, and Africa. They are also the largest bovine in Asia.
  • Water buffalo are raised for milk, meat, their hide, and dung. Their dung is used as fertilizer and fuel. They are also used as draft animals.
  • They live in muddy marshy areas. Their hooves are wide splayed to help keep them from sinking into the mud. Even though much of their time is spent in and near water, they prefer eating grass over aquatic plants.
  • They have a gestation period of 9-11 months. They have one calf at a time.

Did You Know?

Water buffalo are in important part of many Asian cultures.  In some places, such as Thailand, and Malaysia water buffalo racing festivals are held. In Vietnam, they are prized by poor farmers and often treated as family members.