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The wild buffalo of Sri Lanka


Colin Groves ,

School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra, AU
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Jayantha Jayawardene

Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust, 615/32, Rajagiriya Gardens, Rajagiriya, LK
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Buffaloes live wild in many areas in Sri Lanka, but it is controversial whether any of them are genuinely wild, or whether they are all feral. We investigated this question by observation of living buffaloes in Yala National Park, and measurement of available cranial material. We conclude that there is indeed an indigenous wild buffalo in Sri Lanka. Steps should be taken to ensure its genetic integrity.

Key Words: Buffalo; Bubalus arnee migona; Sri Lanka; Yala; cranial capacity.

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2779

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 55-62

How to Cite: Groves, C. and Jayawardene, J., 2011. The wild buffalo of Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity, 1(1), pp.55–62. DOI:
Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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