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water buffalo

Landscape maintenance by profession. What is not obvious at first glance: Through their behavior, water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) help to preserve the habitat of many species.

The impressive weight of the mammals is 400 – 1200kg. They are active during the day and at dusk, are herd animals and herbivores. They live 15-25 years. Water buffalo can only give birth to one young per year. The calves are born after a gestation period of 330-335 days.


The decline of wetlands due to intensive use has been registered for many years. As a result, many adapted species also disappear. In 2002, water buffalo were used to maintain the landscape in a nature reserve in Lower Saxony. Successful.

Water buffalo tread on plants with their weight, which ensures that ponds do not become overgrown and are in turn preserved for other species.

The earth on the bank is also loosened. The dung of the water buffalo attracts different insects and therefore more birds.

Living free, water buffalo only occur in small residual populations. Usually only in designated protected areas.

Water buffalo are an endangered species. To survive, they rely on fresh water and clean water. However, due to climate change, the water buffalo's habitat is becoming smaller and smaller.


You can marvel at the water buffalo in the Dingdener Heide.





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