Celebrating Zimbabwe’s Wildlife Part 3: Bulky Bovine the Buffalo


Yet another photograph of Zimbabwe’s rich and diverse wildlife, as promised. This bulky young buffalo was captured at Bushman’s Rock in Ruwa, on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe.

For some reason, he decided to cover his eyes with his ears. We’ll leave it to the experts on animal behavior to tell us why the buffalo chose to behave in that manner. There’s plenty of room for speculation though. Maybe he was shy and wanted to hide from the glare of cameras. Or perhaps he just needed a nap. Or it could be to keep the flies from his eyes. Or, maybe he was playing blind man’s buff with the other buffaloes that were not captured in this picture. Or maybe he was debating whether or not to gore one of us and which unfortunate individual to gore. So he was probably asking himself: “To gore or not to gore? That is the question.” Whatever the reason, only the buffalo knows and since we don’t speak his language, we may never find out. Photo by Matilda Moyo.

To learn more about buffaloes, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_buffalo


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