Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

Bhutan, The last Shangri-la
The Spirit of Living Things
 
Migo
Marmot
Yak
Bharal
Elephant
Lammergeir Vulture
Takin
Snow Leopard
Red Panda
Black Crane
Rhino
Tiger
Golden Langurs
Drongo
Asiatic Buffalo
Hornbill
Red Fox
Wolf
Black Bear
Musk Deer
Serow
Otters
Birds
Reptiles
Asiatic BuffaloAsiatic Buffalo

The Asiatic Wild buffalo is the most powerful yet the most proportionate of the South Asian bovines. It is surely one of the most magnificent animals in the world. A large bull can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Seals of the Indus valley civilization (2500 B.C.) depict the wild buffalo, revealing its wide distribution across the subcontinent. Today there may only be about 2,000 left. The main reason for its demise has been habitat loss and the loss of wild features by interbreeding with domestic buffalo. They are known to be fearless and dangerous -- even tigers give adults a wide berth -- and this has not helped them.
The Asiatic Buffalo


Home

Filming Shangri-La | Land of the Thunder Dragon | Animal Archive | People, Culture, History
Bhutan Resources | Teaching Bhutan | Bhutan Screen Saver | Related Links | Bhutan Credits