Bull Elephant Attacks And Gores Cape Buffalo To Death With His Tusks
Whether it was in a fit of rage, or a battle over territory, a bull elephant viciously attacks and gores a cape buffalo with his tusks. In Africa, territory is very important to all of the different animals that roam freely throughout that continent. A good territory provides the means to sustain life and it’s usually jealously guarded. This is the case for predators, but not so much for the multitude of herbivores that are constantly grazing and on the move across the savanna.
The 3 ‘heavyweights’ on the African savanna are: The elephant, rhinoceros and the cape buffalo (I left out the hippopotamus since they stay close to water and don’t wander too far from it) . Size and numbers are these animals best weapons for defense and unless they become ill or get seriously injured, it is their best protection against the apex predators of the savanna- the lion. There is no apparent reason that we can see for this rather savage attack, but it does prove one thing for certain…the elephant is the undisputed heavyweight of Africa.
This footage was taken near Mopani in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
This info about the African savanna comes to us courtesy of: blueplanetbiomes.org
The African Savanna biome is a tropical grassland in Africa between latitude 15° North and 30 degrees S and longitude 15 degrees W and 40° West. It covers Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D’ivore, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa.
Annual rainfall in the African Savanna is about the same as that of Wisconsin. During the rainy season, beginning in May and ending in November, they get fifteen to twenty-five inches of rain a month. In the dry season they only get about four inches of rain. The dry season occurs more then seven months of the year, from October to March in the southern hemisphere and April to September in the northern hemisphere. The dry season comes in the low sun period and the wet season comes in the high sun period. They have a wet-dry tropical climate. To continue reading simply click HERE.