Friday, 31 May 2013

Mbogo: Avenger of African Savanna

The African savannas slowly roam thousands of warriors. I am black, but not people. They have horns, but not rhinos or antelopes. I'm terribly aggressive and ruthless, but are not predators. No love death but once provoked a rage killing of unprecedented in the animal kingdom. They're strong and have a look creepy. There are those who have killed thousands of dollars and hunters. Are African wild buffalo. Certainly the vengeful animals on Earth!


Tough, strong, indomitable
Redoubtable African wild buffalo is undoubtedly the most aggressive species of wild bovid in the world. Reputation fully deserved, is known from ancient times, not only among those who had found their way to hunt, but also among researchers who have studied in its natural environment.
Most random game you have in the foreground are quite true and many of them have a tragic and unexpected end to "mighty" man with the rifle.African natives have given many names, the most common being those of Nyati, Affalo, Onja or Mbogo, but regardless of language or dialect which is spoken his name arouses fear and sent to a terrible creature, a perfect incarnation of anger and revenge without limits.
His character rebellious and tough to keep away from any attempt to domestication. It is a bovid subfamily of buffalo (buffalo), extremely sturdy and solid, with solid bone and thick unexpectedly even some buffaloes. Subspecies African savannah buffalo achieve the highest proportions. Their weight is between 500-910 pounds, males being noticeably larger and more solid build than females.
Most species also belongs to Mbogo down in Tanzania, whose weight reached 1000 kg fixed. Although it is smaller than the Indian Gaur, wild Asian buffalo or American bison, their African competitor holds the title of the most aggressive and dangerous herbivore in the world. Its characteristic appearance is complemented by the legs relatively short, stumpy and stocky body that exudes the idea of ​​brute force, untamed.
Mbogo go slowly through the savanna usually aware of the fear that spreads around him. No classical posture, Mandrem feature corrida bulls that are slags with high neck, chin up and chest revealed. Merge often huge head held horizontally in the right line of the body, or down, as if wearing enormous horns would be a burden. Nothing could be more wrong! Imenşii its muscles in the neck, chest and back are more than able to impart incredible horns become lethal forces in direct conflict.
Inconfundabilii black males and females have a coat in a reddish-brown hue. Calves are reddish, and the discolored old solitary males in jurl orbits. However, the buffalo, are often in puddles and loves to wallow in the mud, during which protects the skin from insect bites and this is why most of the time, color is blackish-gray because it is covered with dry mud.


Being a species of buffalo skin is much thicker and stronger than other bovide, acting as a natural armor against rivals horns, tusks, lions and even bullets. One of the reasons that killing a wild African buffalo was so difficult in the first era of firearms, was represented by the incredibly hard skin which sometimes reaches to 5 cm thick in adult males.

Another difference between buffalo and cattle is that they plain language, without asperities present on the tongue of a cow, for example.
However, African wild buffalo are easily recognizable by their characteristic horns are unique to mammals. The horns have a curved shape with pointed tips and curved back. Very late in the frontal region, the horns join in the area, forming a continuous bone shield, very thick and strong, which is not always pierced even the powerful weapons of modern hunting bullets.

The horns of males are larger and thicker than the females, these lone warriors often used to rub their antlers and brow trunks of trees and bushes, as a form of demonstration obvious strength and temper.


 Lord of Hatred

Horned Avenger is one of the most successful herbivores in Africa still lives in savannahs, forests and grassy edge with water. Unlike other herbivores, African buffalo rich habitat prefer dense thickets. Prefer to graze grass in the rainy season, feeding mainly in the dry leaves. They live mainly in herds whose effects vary depending on the best offered by territories by migrants.

The "heart" of the flock is made up of females, calves and juvenile specimens, sexually immature. Hierarchy is strict, the herd is always led by the most experienced and authoritative female. The core is surrounded by young males flock that retains a considerable distance from the dominant male always easily identified by its impressive waist and huge horns.

In the dry period, males emerge from their own herd and live in groups. They're tireless warriors, males often fight each other, either in order to play and to test forces either copy right to become dominant. Serious fights between males are rare African wild buffalo is famous for altruism and drive who demonstrate particularly in case of danger. There are known many cases where rival males who were struggling daily to lead the flock instantly looked old enmity and anger threw to help his rival when he was attacked by lions.




Currently, Tanzania is considered heaven buffalo hunters, followed by Zambia (with its concentrations of flocks of Luangwa Valley), Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Around the year 1890, the African unicorn was in danger of total extinction due to a rinderpest epidemic that overlapped with numerous cases of pleuro-pneumonia. Fortunately, the mighty warrior survived, and today there are around 900,000 copies. African buffalo is a species of game prohibitive price felling a copy of minimum capital is $ 10,000.

The biggest threats to him are still outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis, such as those in recent years who mowed most of the population of South Africa.
Yet, with or without spectrum disease and greed hunters, African unicorn seems to have a serious chance to survive.

 

Character, appearance, fortitude, and especially its unmistakable temperament recommend it as a winner, even under uncertain and volatile future facing all African megafauna.

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