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Biological type: Mammal
Place of origin: Africa
Appearance: Prelude Birthright
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Buffalo were cattle-like creatures that lived on Earth. Because Roz Forrester's family name, Inyathi, translated as "buffalo", she wasn't allowed to eat a buffalo. (PROSE: The Also People)

They were once the dominant species on Earth, but when their Herd-Leader was trapped in ice they degenerated without his mind. The Bovine Herd Leader revived thousands of years later and was able to travel back in time. He found his species were being wiped out by the Native Americans and guided Christopher Columbus to America in 1492, hoping the Europeans would wipe out the Native Americans and save his herd. However, the Europeans wiped out the buffalo themselves. (AUDIO: Trouble in Paradise)

The Seventh Doctor and Ace saw buffalo living in the Ngorogoro Crater in 1926. (PROSE: Prelude Birthright)

Cultural references to buffalo Edit

The Ninth Doctor told Mickey Smith to use the password buffalo to access a variety of areas of the UNIT website. (TV: World War Three)

Behind the scenes Edit

The DWU fails to use buffalo as a synonym for bison — which it is, in a limited sense. Certainly, North American buffalo are bison. However, the kind the Seventh Doctor and Ace saw in Africa would have been African buffalo and not at all bison.

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