A Thai buffalo racer competes during an annual buffalo racing in Chonburi Province, Thailand, July 19, 2015. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
A Thai buffalo racer competes during an annual buffalo racing in Chonburi Province, Thailand, July 19, 2015. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

The idea of organising African Buffalo Symposia arose from the important increase, over the last few years, in diverse activities related to the African buffalo.

The symposium will provide a unique opportunity to discuss buffalo issues with scientists, wildlife managers, game ranchers, rural leaders and government agencies.

During the meeting, the role of the buffalo in the epidemiology of many diseases will be addressed, especially in view of strategic plans to contain or eradicate diseases.

However, although the buffalo is listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, (IUCN), its conservation status is worrying in many other parts of Africa.

Meanwhile, Buffalo is now a high-value species for the game ranching industry in southern Africa where their number and distribution on private land have substantially increased during the last decade. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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