How to Draw an African Buffalo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an African Buffalo in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 African Buffalo.

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How to Draw an African Buffalo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw an African buffalo! Start by tracing two long, pointy horns that curl toward each other. Continue with the rectangular-shaped ears. Here's a tip: make sure the corners aren't pointy but curved. Finish with the face, and remember that the lines aren't perfectly straight!

Step 2: Add two small circles for the eyes, and two small dots for the nostrils. Then draw two squiggly lines around the nostrils to outline the snout.

Step 3: Trace a line going across the back and curving down. Then, draw a line from the front coming down. There's the body!

Step 4: From there, draw the first front leg, making it short and skinny. Draw a line across the bottom of the leg for the paw.

Step 5: Draw only the bottom of the other front leg, since it's peeking out from behind the first. Don't forget to trace that small line for the paw!

Step 6: Now, draw a line across the bottom for the belly and finish with the first hind leg. This one is skinny too!

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg, next, much like you did the others.

Step 8: Last is the tail! Trace two lines curling up to create a short tail. Make sure the end is pointy! There's your African buffalo!

Interesting Facts about the African Buffalo

The African Buffalo is an animal that is very dangerous to humans. This is because it is unpredictable, so if you ever seen one, it’s best to stay out of its way. Because of this, the African Buffalo has never been tamed by humans, unlike the Asian Buffalo, which has. Unfortunately, though, because the African Buffalo is so difficult to capture, some hunters will pay lots of money to be able to hunt one.

Did you know?

    One of the most interesting features of an African Buffalo is its horns. The base of the adult bull’s horns is so strong that you wouldn’t even be able to penetrate it with a rifle’s bullet!
  • Because they live in Africa in some of the hottest areas in the world, African Buffalos need to drink water every day.
  • Despite being big and dangerous, the African Buffalo’s diet consists of mainly grass, like zebras or cows.
  • Adult African Buffalos don’t have too many predators, aside from humans and lions, and they can do a pretty good job of defending themselves against both.

It is very common for the African Buffalo to become infected with diseases like foot and mouth disease or bovine tuberculosis. Because of this, “disease-free” buffalo herds are highly valued. Buffalos that do not have any diseases have been sold for up to $130,000 in South Africa.