West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed a baby Asiatic water buffalo on February 24, 2018 in the Gir Forest section of the four mile drive-through preserve. The newborn male calf is the first water buffalo born this year and is the 24th member of the herd.
Water buffalo reproduction can occur at different times of the year but breeding can be more prominent during the rainy season. Gestation lasts approximately ten to eleven months, after which females give birth to one calf weighing around eighty pounds (36kg). Life expectancy of a water buffalo is about twenty-five years.
Asiatic water buffalo have been historically domesticated for thousands of years and are considered to have a stable population. Wild Asiatic water buffalo are currently listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Lion Country Safari’s herd of water buffalo produced two calves last year, which can also be viewed in the preserve.