I think this is the last charismatic megafauna from Kenya that I have to post about. Well, I suppose not many people think of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) as charismatic. But I think they’re pretty cool looking, and I enjoyed seeing them in the wild.
Interestingly, many people refer to this buffalo as a “water buffalo”, but technically it is in a different genus, so they are not that closely related*. They do look similar, however, and are in the same family (Bovidae), which includes everything from dik-diks to sheep, and the same tribe (Bovinae), which includes all cattle-like creatures (yaks, bison, buffalo, etc.).
Now that you’ve had your taxonomy lesson, here are some buffalo photos.
*Although there is vertebrate taxonomic bias** at work here, so I suppose you could argue they ARE closely related.
**Like, I would say two different bee genera in the same tribe were closely related.***
***Also, if buffaloes were invertebrates, there probably would only be one buffalo genus, so, you know…