Gabon: Loango NP – Forest Buffalos

Another animals unique to Gabon and Loango National Park is African forest buffalo. The animal looks very different from its much larger Cape buffalo brethren – these are about half the size, brown in color, have different horns, and really funny large hairy ears. They are much more friendly and less intimidating then Cape buffalo in savanna in the east and South Africa. In Loango, you can see forest buffalo in fairly large herds along the forest line near the beach, often galloping in a rather clumsy way. Many of them had oxpecker birds on their backs – a symbiotic relationship of food for hygiene (like you have with your dentist).