How to Draw a Buffalo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Buffalo in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Buffalo.

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How to Draw a Buffalo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a buffalo! Draw the back by tracing a simple line, adding a small hump at the top.

Step 2: Draw the belly by tracing a line going down the back, then across the bottom. The buffalo so far looks like a rectangle!

Step 3: The top of the head has a little hump to it, then it comes down for the nose. Trace your line back up again to draw the jaw.

Step 4: If you tilt your head to the side, the horn looks like a pointy letter u! Next, draw a dot for the eye and two tiny holes for the nose.

Step 5: At the other end, trace a short squiggly tail for your buffalo.

Step 6: The front leg is short and stumpy, so make sure to start tracing wide at the top but get smaller and smaller as you reach the foot.

Step 7: Draw the second leg, but be careful! Only trace the foot, since most of the second leg is hiding behind the first one.

Step 8: Trace out the third leg a lot more thinly than you did the front leg. Your lines don't have to be perfectly straight!

Step 9: Last, draw the last hind leg, hiding it behind the other hind leg. There's your buffalo!

Interesting Facts about Buffalos

Buffalo are also known as bison. They are members of the Bovidae family, along with sheep and other mammals. Buffalo have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years. They are large animals with shaggy hair and humped shoulders. Their short legs are covered by their long hair.

Did you know?

  • Buffalo are herbivores (plant-eating animals). They feed on grass, plants, and berries.
  • Buffalo can run as fast as 40 miles per hour.
  • Buffalo are great swimmers.
  • There are approximately 4,000 buffalo that live in Yellowstone National Park.
  • A male buffalo is called a bull, and a female buffalo is called a bison cow.
  • Bulls can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Bison cows can weigh up to 1,000 pounds.
  • Buffalo have poor eyesight, but they can smell and hear well.
  • Buffalo have been around since prehistoric times. They lived alongside woolly mammoths.

Buffalo live in the United States and in Canada. The Native Americans used buffalo for ceremonies, tools, clothing, and food. Because of how much Native Americans used these animals, they were endangered in the 1800s. Luckily, they are still around, although humans still hunt them. Buffalo are the largest land animals in North America.