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5 Facts About Our Favorite "Big 5" Animal - The African Cape Buffalo

February 16, 2019

In honor of Blood Orange Long Cut being back in stock, we've been thinking about our beloved company emblem, the African Cape buffalo. Having admired the animal and its characteristics for years, we hate the idea of it ever having to bleed or risk extinction. Then again, life in the wild is tough and we operate under a "to each its own mentality". We understand that lions will forever prey on calves and hunters will always Charge Ahead their own way (hopefully legally).

Blood Orange is in part an honorary flavor, and somewhat metaphoric, if you can imagine the heart-wrenching sight of such a strong animal bleeding out under the orange African sun. Loyal, protectors, and known to stick together, here are five other Cape buffalo facts and characteristics we dig.

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Cape buffalo are hunted more than any of the other Big Five animals combined.

They present the greatest challenge due to their unpredictable nature. It can cost more than $15,000 for a hunter to risk their life on a Cape buffalo excursion. 

Thankfully, Cape buffalo are the least threatened species compared to the other Big Five.

That includes the African elephant, Black rhinoceros, African lion, and African leopard. Their current population is just under 1 million with ~75% of them existing on protected reserves where it's illegal to hunt.

Nicknames for the Cape buffalo include "Black Death" and "Widowmaker."

It's only true predators are humans and lions, meaning it has very little competition. It's considered the most dangerous to hunt because it will fiercely defend itself (and the herd) with strength in numbers when under attack. They've been known to seek revenge on an enemy years after being threatened by them.

 

Don't mess with the herd!

Despite their menacing presence and ability to kill, Cape buffalo are vegetarians.

Their diet consists of tall grass, shrubs, and bushes. It's part of the reason we chose the company name when we realized we could replicate the look and feel of smokeless tobacco with a trade secret blend of green leaves.

Cape buffalo travel in packs often referred to as a herd, although other nicknames include mafia and gang.

It's a large family dynamic in which everyone looks out for the greater good of the whole. "Dagga boys" (nickname for lone bulls) are kicked out of the herd for either a lack of loyalty or falling behind the movement due to weakness. Don’t be a dagga boy.

Black Buffalo Dagga Boy



With the announcement of Blood Orange Long Cut being back in stock, we have made a donation to the African Wildlife Foundation to support their efforts toward Cape buffalo. We want to see this animal (and what it represents) continue to thrive as we Charge Ahead with each and every one of you.

Here’s a Blood Orange inspired playlist to dip, sip, and chill to.

 


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