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Rick Worthington Buffalo vs Water Buffalo
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: February 21, 2019

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Buffaloes do not roam the American West. Buffalos are only found in Africa and Asia:

That is not always clear to the American consumer - who might buy something labeled Buffalo - thinking they are in fact buying Bison.

Dave Carter of the National Bison Association discusses how his industry and its producers have received help addressing various matters through Agriculture Department agencies and programs.

If you thought a buffalo and a bison are the same, blame it on the early American settlers, who called the bison “bufello” and caused the misnomer to remain for the American variety as "buffalo". This has led to confusion, and many diccionaries actually accept "buffalo" as a name for the American bison.

In fact, buffaloes do not roam the American West. Buffalos are only found in Africa and Asia: Water buffaloes are indigenous to South Asia, while the Cape buffalo is native to Africa - although there is an exception, the Italian Mediterranean buffalo.On the other hand, bison are found in North America and Europe.

Another source of confusion is that buffalos and bison both belong to the Bovidae family. This includes more than 100 mammal species, all of them ungulates, that is, cloven-hoofed. Other species of bovids include gazelles, cattle, sheep, goats and antelopes.

Between the buffalo and the bison, commonly mistaken for each other, there are a host of differences. Stay with us at AnimalWised and learn the differences between buffaloes, water buffaloes and bison.

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