CAPE BUFFALO VS AMERICAN BISON – Which is more powerful?

Who would win in a fight between an African Cape Buffalo and an American Bison? The animal that most Americans call a buffalo is actually a bison. Buffaloes are found in Africa and South Asia, while bison roam in North and South America. Both the buffalo and bison are in the Bovidae family, which also includes other cloven-hoofed ruminants, like goats. I would appreciate it very much if you gave me a subscribe right now! Thank you! The Cape Buffalo, also known as the African Buffalo, is a bovine species from Africa that are known for their massive body and unpredictably aggressive and revengeful demeanor, and hence, widely considered as a very dangerous animal. This is also the reason as to why man has never tried to domesticate these animals. American Bison are colossal mammals of North America and symbolic of the Great Plains. The present regard for this species is a result of the recognition and appreciation given to it by the Native Americans. Size and Description The Cape buffalo is not very tall— it stands only 51–59 inches 130–150 cm (130–150 cm) and has relatively short legs—but it is massive, weighing 935–1,910 pounds (425–870 kg). Bulls are about 220 pounds (100 kg) heavier than cows, and their horns are thicker and usually wider, up to 40 inches (100 cm) across, with a broad shield covering the forehead. The coat is thin and black, except in young calves, whose coats may be either black or brown. The body is heavy-set, with stocky legs, a large head, and short neck. There are no distinct markings on the body and the ears are large and tend to droop; The American bison is the largest mammal in North America. It grows to 7 to 11.5 feet (2.1 meters to 3.5) long from head to rump, and its tail adds an extra 20 to 23.5 inches. They weigh 930 to 2,200 lbs. (422 to 998 kilograms). Two distinctive features of bison are the shoulder hump and their huge head. Fur color is brown, varying slightly from the front and back of the animal. The hair is longer in the front than in the rear. The distinction between hair length is most noticeable in males. The horns are black, curving upward and inward and ending in a sharp tip. The hooves are black and circular in shape. Range and Habitat One of the most successful of Africa’s wild ruminants, the Cape buffalo thrives in virtually all types of grassland habitat in sub-Saharan Africa, from dry savanna to swamp and from lowland floodplains to montane mixed forest and glades, as long as it is within commuting distance of water. It is immune to some diseases that afflict domestic cattle in Africa in particular, the bovine sleeping sickness transmitted by tsetse flies. However, the Cape buffalo is susceptible to cattle-borne diseases. In the 1890s a rinderpest plague swept the African continent from Ethiopia to the Cape of Good Hope and killed up to 90 percent of the buffalo, as well as many antelopes. This species is most commonly found on open plains. They also frequent river valleys, grasslands, semiarid lands, and prairies. Some will also roam into foothills and mountainous areas, though they are not considered to be high-altitude creatures. While there are approximately 500,000 animals kept contained on private land, only 15,000 are estimated to be truly wild and free-range. Historically this species roamed from northern Mexico to Canada, but today they are restricted to tiny pockets of habitat. There is a herd in Mexico, a number of fragmented herds in the United States, and a number of fragmented herds in Canada. Diet To sustain its bulk, the Cape buffalo must eat a lot of grass, and therefore it depends more on quantity than quality. It is able to digest taller and coarser grass than most other ruminants, has a wide muzzle and a row of incisor teeth that enable it to take big bites, and can use the tongue to bundle grass before cropping it—all bovine traits. When grass is scarce or of too poor quality, buffaloes will browse woody vegetation. Bison are herbivorous mammals, which means that they feed primarily on plants. They are mostly grazers that eat grasses and sedges rather than searching for fruit or other plants. This means that during the winter food can be hard to come by as it gets blanketed in snow. When snow covers the grasses, these massive creatures use their muscular necks to scrape down to the buried food below. On average, bison ingest 1.6% of their body mass per day of dry vegetation. Bison require water every day as well. Behavior Savannah buffalo live in large herds of 50-500 animals, comprised of smaller subgroups of bachelor males, females and their young, or juveniles. Old males may be solitary. African buffalo may be active throughout the day and night; on average, 18 hours per day are spent foraging and moving. Mainly preyed upon by lions. When a herd member is attacked, others will rush to its defence. Collectively a number of buffalo are more than capable to stave off an attack by an entire pride of lions. A wounded buffalo bull is regarded as most dangerous by hunters, and is one of the reasons why this animal is included into the so-called ‘big five’. This trait is the origin of many hunting adventures, myths and legends. Bison are gregarious animals and are arranged in groups according to sex, age, season, and habitat. Cow groups are composed of females, males under three years of age, and a few older males. More males enter these groups as the rut approaches. Males live either individually or in groups that may be as large as 30. Dominance between the bulls is linear. Bulls that have a higher rank in the society breed more often than those of a lower rank. Grazing takes place during several periods each day and is conducted in loose groups. When bison travel, they form a line. The traveling pattern of bison is determined by the terrain and habitat condition. Bison are good swimmers as well as runners, capable of reaching speeds of 62 km/hr. Copulation is initiated by the bull and is quick. During the rut, bulls fight among themselves. The amount of wallowing and tree horning also increases during the rut. Now let’s come to the big question. Between the American bison and the African Cape buffalo who can win in the event of a fight. As stated already both animals are bovids but there are differences in physical appearance. Buffalo are generally much bigger than bison, and in any fight mass is a huge factor in victory, especially for tanks like these. Buffalo are also much more aggressive and put up with a wider array of threats. Bison deal with wolves, but buffalo deal with wild dogs which are arguably a bigger threat as well as lions and leopards. They are arguably more well equipped to deal with predatory threats. In a fight with a bison, the buffalo will most likely win the fight due to its aggressive and unpredictable behavior, while on another hand, Bison is more muscular, stalky and stronger bone structure. At equal mass it’s closer, but the buffalo has an advantage considering its aggressiveness.

100 thoughts on “CAPE BUFFALO VS AMERICAN BISON – Which is more powerful?

  1. Cape buffalo are far more aggressive,they are also more durable,I've seen a cape buffalo held is own against a rhino. Also their horns are longer and sharper and their skull are more protected. Bison would get stabbed quickly.

  2. In the first part of the video I thought it was sais that the bison was bigger but in the end of the video it was said the Buffalo was bigger…… Witch is it

  3. Compares sizes, procedes to measure one vertically and the other laterally. How tall is the bison goddamnit xD

  4. For me, I think the bison wins with all-around survivability because of the weather conditions and predators present in America, and the buffalo wins for habitat survivability, because it can tank most parts of Africa, and its predators.

  5. Gotta go with the bison. Those things are aggressive themselves and just plain mean. I know a guy who had an exotic animal rescue center and I saw what kind of damage they can do when one gored a camel one time. I went in with him to dress the camel's wound and that thing started running circles around us and the camel while we were dressing the camel's wound. He said the bison was just bored. He had 5 VERY large, black maned, male lions (ones name is Juda. He is MAGNIFICENT. He looks like there is some Barbary lion in his bloodline) in one enclosure. I told him to open that gate and let those 5 lions in there with him. He won't be bored for long. Lol.

  6. Did he just say African wild dogs are more dangerous than timber wolves!? Aren't wild dogs like half the size of a wolf!?

  7. I think if the Cape Buffalo finds itself facing a Wood Bison in Wood Buffalo National Park during February it's going to lose. Yet if they meet in Krueger National Park on the same day the bison loses. In both cases they wouldn't need to get close.

  8. Who would win a battle between an Indian rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros? All I meant they're the two biggest(Indian rhinos are Asia's biggest rhinos, while white rhinos are Africa's biggest, but the world's social rhinos) rhinos, while who's the social of the rhinos, who's the strongest of rhinos? Now about the battle between the Cape buffalo and the bison, it's a tie, due to the fact that the bison is America's biggest extant mammals, while the Cape buffaloes are the smartest of the big cattle.

  9. He's wrong, the bison would win not only with strength but they are very very fast compared to the Cape buffalo,They are bulky and slow

  10. American bison will be no match for the aggressive African buffalo, irrespective of the size and weight. Just compare the predators the two have to face, and you have the winner.

  11. In the weight at the beginning you said bison were larger. They're also equipped to handle cold weather. I've seen bison at close to 3000 lbs. Also a wild dog is nowhere near the threat of a wolf. You conveniently forgot to add the bison also have to deal with moutain lions and bears.

  12. Buffalo will win. It will take the fight to the attacker. Likes to fight. Bison will fight with each other but very much just ignore other herbivores and will just walk away. They just want to eat and sleep and mate. They don't look to getting into fights with others of not their kind. Elk, moose can be very aggressive to other animals and man.

  13. But if any one of them pick a fight with the Indian Gaur then they're fucking toast.

  14. Bison is an legendary animal. It's already exist before the human exist. So bison fought more legendary animals like smilodon,mammoth's,woolly rhino,giant sloth,american lion,and dire wolves.. But today bison fought an easy competetive like a wolf. unlike the old days bison's fought more dangerous animals smilodon,american lion and dire wolves.. Nahh.. Buffalo wins this match..

  15. Bison is easily attacked by wolves but African buffalo never hunted by a single lion.

  16. While i dont doubt a cape buffalo could best a bison. Im sure theyd be fairly evenly split over multiple battle.
    Bull bison are very aggressive, they are definitely not a gregarious lot as implied. As someone who has firsthand experience raising a small herd of bison they are moody beasts. Hell weve barely started actually gaining ground domesticating them.
    Also bison are more agile, they can turn on a dime and leap over 7 feet high. Also that skin is super thick and durable.
    And the predator arguement isnt exactly what i would call a real tell on who would win a bout. Predation puts a lot of stress on an animal, those that dont consistantly have that issue can grow much bigger due no not expanding energy. Also its a lot different when you are dealing with 2 similarly sized tanks compared to pack of predators or a single big cat that they at least double the weight of.

  17. I can tell you exactly how this goes. They beat the everloving shit out of each other.
    Then as they're nursing their wounds one says "i just wanted to eat grass"
    "I love grass"
    Favorite dinosaur?
    Both: Velociraptor
    Did we just become best friends?

    They then make a music video called " 'sons and 'loes"

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  19. You don't know what the hell you're talking about have you ever stood next to an American bison I don't know where you get your numbers

  20. " predators the two have to face," a wrong point , American bison lived side by side with short face bear and saber-toothed cats. European wood bisons are much more aggressive they have dominated The aurochs for instance . they can match buffalo

  21. Cape buffalo? ??? Why not the indian buffalo? The Cape buffalo can to arriver at 800 kg , the indian buffalo at 1100 kg , and he is more dangerous than african cousin!

  22. How is that even a contest? The cape buffalo is bigger, stronger and has better headgear.

  23. What a weak ass conclusion. The question was who would win in a fight. Not who is more aggressive. Boxers who are really aggressive have of a chance of losing from a counter attack

  24. There are so many retards in the comment section holy shit are you people really this stupid? The cape buffalo is one of this planets meanest, most dangerous animals. Fucking idiot's

  25. I think GAUR is more powerfull and bigger .here cape buffalo win that's my opinion

  26. African buffaloes main preditors are lions and hyenas. False leopards rarely if ever bring down a buffalo even calf. an wild dogs don't normally go afyer buffalo , unless they see a lone calf.

  27. 2 ideas
    White rinoceros vs Asian elephant
    Eastern diamondback rattlesnake vs puff adder

  28. A full grown bull bison is an unpredictable aggressive animal …. and HUGE!!

  29. Wolves kills bison but wolves can't kill a cape buffalo,they will be killed by it's horns

  30. Bison are meaner than shit. Where did this info come from. They're also faster, more agile, bigger, and the way their head is anchored with all that muscle. If you go biggest meanest male vs. biggest meanest male, I'm giving that to the bison. They also have a crest on their head as well btw, and it's also got thick padding for shock absorbsion.

  31. Silly comparisson, annoying voice. Bison are larger and therefore more powerful, but cape buffalo are extremely agressive and more likely to f… you up.

  32. Cape buffalo would win. Their sizes are pretty close, but American bison are only on average slightly heavier. But the cape buffalo is better built for combat with their larger horns and tough skin.

  33. Dude… I've seen plenty of documentary movies about Bisons… one of wich showed 2 Male bisons fighting during the mating season… they rushed running at max speed against each other from a pretty damn long distance only to finish with a head on collision and then one of them fall presumably dead only to stand up a few minutes later and retrieve himself from the scene…
    Lets say they ran against each other at 60 and not 64kmh. This means a head on collision of 120kmh and their combined weight of almost 2 tonnes.
    Out of wich both survived… So please tell me how is the Cape buffalo going to stand a chance against such impact and strenght?
    It's just like saying that a kid can win a fight against his dad just because it's more aggressive (mean while the old man coping with his child's annoyance and drinking his beer) I mean seriously… it's not just bulk… the bison has far stronger skeleton construction. And they AWAYS attack head on.

  34. you said bison were #2200 and Buffalo #1900 and shorter then said Buffalo were bigger….

  35. Bison don’t live in North America and South America. They live in North America and Europe. Also Cape buffalo weren’t domesticated because they’re not from that part of the world where domestication started. Which is from Southern Europe east to the Middle East and India. The cows wild ancestors, the Aurochs were just as formidable and dangerous. The cave paintings and ancient records write that they were dangerous and aggressive! And Julius Cesar wrote about how they would fight off wolves n brown bear. All wild cattle are capable of aggression! If it were Cape buffalo that lived in Turkey or Iraq in Neolithic times it may have been domesticated, but it wasn’t. You can’t test that theory by testing an Aurochs because they’re extinct now, but try approaching a wild Yak or wild Water buffalo! And I don’t just mean domestic ones that got loose n became feral, but truly wild populations that have never been domesticated. They’re just as dangerous as a Cape buffalo! And his remark about how bison only have to deal with wolves but Cape buffalos have to deal with African wild dogs which are more of a threat along with lions n leopards. That was so wrong! African wild dogs can be as small as half the size of a large Canadian wolf! And bison also have to deal with grizzly bears! And Cape buffalo don’t really have to deal with leopards unless they’re calves. Leopards wouldn’t dare fuck with an adult Cape buffalo! But if you are gonna mention leopards for the Cape buffalo then it would only be fair to mention Puma for the bison. Same size cat. I mean the Cape buffalo really only have to worry about lions n hyenas which he didn’t even mention! But that’s not it. Up until the last 2000 years to even the last couple hundred bison not only lived in North America but all across northern Eurasia. There are still two small populations in Poland and Russia. But before we hunted them n many other Eurasian animals to extinction the European bison aka the Wisent has to deal with not only wolves n brown bear, but Siberian and Caspian tigers! And in Southern Europe had to deal with the Barbary lion! So honestly that fight could go to either animal on any given day. Just depends on the individual animal.

  36. If I had to choose who I like better it would be Cape buffalo but, in a battle I will definitely choose a Bison but that doesn’t mean a Cape buffalo wouldn’t stand a chance their pretty strong and can put up a pretty good fight but, Cape buffalo are also, known as the Black Death and are one of the most aggressive animals in the world. Bison’s top speed is 40 mph.

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