PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) wallowing in mud. This buffalo lives near forests and water, retreating into them during the hottest parts of the day. It is a very social animal, living in vast herds numbering up to several thousand individuals. It is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, except in the southernmost regions, feeding mainly on grass. Photographed in the Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa.
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