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Zoo Buddies: Ponchito the Cape Buffalo

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 1:40 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Meet our Zoo Buddy, Ponchito! He's a Cape Buffalo at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing our Zoo Buddy segment at the Zoo while our studio is still closed to visitors. 

"They can be serious animals in Africa out on the plains [...] Cape Buffalos love the mud, they love to sit in it to cool down, but probably the most prominent thing about them is they can get up to about 19-hundred pounds," explains Lisa Taylor with the Zoo.

"They have these beautiful horns, and typically with the males, their horns connect in the middle and create this thing called a 'boss' and it's very thick," says Taylor. "They use it to intimidate other Cape Buffalos by head-butting or to knock a lion out if they have to because lions like to prey on their babies."

"These animals are herd animals so they actually form an alliance with individuals in their own herd, which can get up to close to 2,000 in a herd but they're typically 40 and they can protect the other animals in the herd," says Taylor. 

Taylor says Ponchito is pretty animated in the mornings, so that’s a great time to come out at visit him. Buildings at the zoo are closed, but you can still check out all the animals. Call (318) 329-2138 for more information or visit the zoo at 1405 Bernstein Park Rd in Monroe.

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