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Hi BK,

How are you doing? Hope you're fine.

Some new questions for you:

1) Could you please tell me the medium and maximum weight of the following bovids:
a) Gaur; b) Water Buffalo; c) Wood Bison; d) Plains Bison; e) Wisent; f) Cape Buffalo; g) Kouprey; h) Yak; i) Forest Buffalo; j) Tamaraw; k) Lowland Anoa.

2) Speaking of agression in general, could you please rate them?

3) Speaking about the danger they represent for our species, could you please rate them?

4) I read in the net something about safaris in Australia to hunt water buffalo. In your opinion, are they a dangerous hunt?


Hello Antonio.  Doing OK here.

1) Average & Maximum weights (approximate, as these can vary)
gaur: 825kg  1002kg (extreme cases 1360kg)
water buffalo: 750kg  1180kg
wood bison: 675kg  1000kg
plains bison: 622kg  921kg
wisent: 610kg  920kg
cape buffalo: 500kg  700kg (extreme cases 900kg)
kouprey: 800kg  900kg
yak: 525kg  1000kg
forest buffalo: 320kg  550kg
tamaraw: 230kg  300kg
lowland anoa: 220kg  300kg

2) Aggression rating (approximate ranking; ratings 1 to 10))
cape buffalo - 10
wood bison - 9
plains bison - 9
water buffalo - 9
lowland anoa - 8.5
wisent - 8.5
forest buffalo - 8.5
gaur - 8.5
kouprey - 8
tamaraw - 7 (behavior not well-known)
yak - 5

3) Danger to humans (approximate)
*All bovids can be dangerous in given situations.  Danger to humans depends somewhat on frequency of exposure to them, how each bovid reacts per exposure, & the bovids capabilities regarding injuring humans.

cape buffalo: Hunted in Africa, very aggressive, will charge & kill hunters (sometimes after they are shot)
wood bison/plains bison: Have attacked humans that have come too close
water buffalo: In close proximity to humans as beasts of burden, but wild ones are hunted & can be dangerous
wisent: not as plentiful as bison, but nearly as formidable
forest buffalo: like the Cape buffalo, can be dangerous when hunted
gaur: more timid than Cape buffaloes, but these huge bovids can still pose a serious threat if approached
lowland anoa: endangered, but can be fierce; small size
kouprey: Very rare so exposure is limited; easily spooked
tamaraw: Can be aggressive, but are critically endangered so exposure is low; small size
yak: Generally not aggressive; used to presence of humans.

4) Safaris in Australia to hunt water buffalo: This can certainly be dangerous, as any threatened wild bovid can react savagely.  Water buffaloes will charge at hunters much like Cape buffalo do, and it is typically a larger animal.  Being seated in an all-terrain vehicle in no way guarantees safety from a charging 1000kg+ bovid, and walking toward the shot animal on foot leaves one vulnerable from other buffalo & perhaps the wounded one (if still alive).  I would rate the Cape buffalo as a slightly higher level of danger on a hunt due to its notorious unpredictability, but the water buffalo is right there with it.

Best regards.  

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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