The African Buffalo (also known as the Cape Buffalo) is a bovine (cloven hoofed animal). They are not related to the Water Buffalo (which are a little bigger) but their ancestry is still unknown. Because of its aggressive behavior, it has not been domesticated like the Domestic Asian Water Buffalo. It is related to the American Bison, which are typically also referred to as "Buffalo."
They can be up to 3.2 meters high, 6 meters long, and can weigh from 1000-1800 kg. The males are bigger than the females. The African Buffalo's power and size make it easy to defend itself. They have been known to kill hyenas, lions, and other wild predators, and sometimes even humans. The African Buffalo is part of the African Big Five. The phrase "Big Five" was introduced by hunters. The Big Five are considered the five hardest animals to hunt and the African Buffalo is considered the most dangerous.