What is a boss?
The male African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer) has distinctive horns joined at the base on top of its head. It forms a continuous bone shield called a boss.
The boss is fully formed when the male African Buffalo is about 5-6 years old.
Females have smaller horns and the boss is not as visible as a male’s boss.
The Asian buffalo does not have a boss.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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