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Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)

History of Managed Care

North America

  • First zoological collection known to exhibit African buffalo was London Zoo (1839).
  • St. Louis Zoo was the first in North America to exhibit the species (1923).

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZG)

  • San Diego Zoo received 1.1 Cape buffalo from St. Louis in 1946; the first calf born in 1949. 1.0 forest buffalo received from Bronx Zoo in 1968, and the first birth occurred in 1980 at the Wild Animal Park.


  • Management and husbandry considerations are addressed by Kleiman et al. (1996) and Shoemaker (1997).

Forest Buffalo

Forest Buffalo

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Page Citations

Dolan & Killmar (1987)
Gingerich (1998)
International Species Information System (1997)
Jones (1999)

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