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The shy forest buffalo

The elusive forest buffalo in Gabon. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

While most people are familiar with the African buffalo or cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), its forest-dwelling subspecies (Syncerus caffer nanus) is both lesser known and less-studied by scientists. The IUCN Red List estimates that 60,000 of this subspecies survive, but its population is in decline. Habitat loss and poaching are the major threats.

To see more photos of the forest buffalo: Buffalo in Gabon.

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