Q:

How much does a buffalo weigh?

A:

Quick Answer

A male buffalo, or bull, weighs about 2,000 pounds, while the female cow generally weighs only about 1,100 pounds. This species is also known as the American bison.

Know More
How much does a buffalo weigh?
Credit: Cody Johnson E+ Getty Images

Full Answer

Buffalo are heavy and large. Some males reach lengths of almost 12 1/2 feet. Females are significantly smaller, measuring between 7 and 10 1/2 feet long. The shoulder height of bulls ranges from about 5 1/2 to just over 6 feet. Cows' shoulder height is typically around 5 feet.

Until they were hunted to near extinction, buffalo were found on the plains from Alaska to northern Mexico. In the 21st century, the animals are harbored on protected areas in the western United States and Canada.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How much does a bison weigh?

    A:

    A fully grown male bison can weigh approximately 2,000 pounds, while a female bison can grow up to 1,100 pounds. When a baby bison calf is born, it can weigh between 40 and 50 pounds and can usually walk and run within a couple of hours.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a male buffalo called?

    A:

    A male buffalo is called a bull, whether referring to the American bison or the African water buffalo. American bisons are often labeled as buffaloes, though technically this term is incorrect.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a female buffalo called?

    A:

    Female buffaloes are called cows. They stand approximately 5 feet tall and weigh 1,000 pounds, compared to bulls at 6 feet tall and 2,000 pounds. Females gestate for approximately 258 days, give birth to one calf a year and nurse offspring for six months. Buffaloes live as families in herds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many buffalo exist today?

    A:

    Approximately 500,000 buffalo live across North America as of 2014. The term buffalo is a synonym used for the American bison. Most are not pure wild bison, but have been cross-bred with cattle in the past. Less than 30,000 wild bison are in conservation herds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore