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Highly prized buffalo is worth $12 million

April 24, 2016 | Comment icon 8 comments



African cape buffalo are popular targets for big game hunters. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Soerfm
A genetically perfect buffalo named Horizon is the most sought-after member of his species on the planet.
The huge animal, which possesses a set of horns that are over 20 inches longer than those of the average buffalo, is currently owned by four South African businessmen who each share a 25 percent stake in him worth up to a staggering $3 million.

Horizon's genes are so highly prized that a cow pregnant with his offspring triples in value.
"It is rare that a bull carries genetics to his next generation, sometimes a good bull has offspring that are not of great quality," said Piet du Toit, one of the animal's owners. "[Horizon’s] offspring have unbelievable genetics and we therefore know that we are guaranteed excellent offspring."


Breeding high quality animals is big business in parts of Africa as hunting enthusiasts often pay huge amounts of money for the privilege of hunting the most impressive specimens at game reserves.

Horizon however lives like a king - at least in buffalo terms - and when summer comes around this year he's going to be busy ensuring that there are plenty more of his offspring on the way.

Source: New York Post | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 6 years ago
Betcha he has groupies.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Aardvark-DK 6 years ago
Must be..other things that count than looks...inner values I tell ya'....
Comment icon #3 Posted by bubblykiss 6 years ago
Never thought I would read an article about genetically prefect buffalo. I mean I envisioned reading stories about sabre tooth tigers, armadillo invasions, exotic parasites.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Infernal Gnu 6 years ago
This made me think of that immortal poem entitled "A Buffalo of Distinction." http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-buffalo-of-distinction/
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
I wonder how it came to belong to 4 people. They must all hold a stake in ownership of the company that breeds for hunting game.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Never thought I would read an article about genetically prefect buffalo. I mean I envisioned reading stories about sabre tooth tigers, armadillo invasions, exotic parasites. I've read that most buffalos have cow genes in them. If this one truly is all buffalo, we can bring the animal back to all of it's glory.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
There are mostly beefalo in the wild. I thought that was an advertising gimmick word when I first seen a restaurant advertising Beefalo meat. Turns out that it is a common term.
Comment icon #8 Posted by TonopahRick 6 years ago
This is a Cape Buffalo from Africa. The Beefalo is a cross between an American Bison and a regular beef type cow. Not the same thing. I seriously doubt this fella will be hunted.


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