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Most of the almost 200 million buffalos worldwide that are mapped here are the Asiatic water buffalo and the African buffalo. More than half of the global buffalo population lives in India: more than double the number of buffalos live here than in the two following countries – Pakistan and China – combined. South and South-East Asia are the main regions using buffalos in agriculture, followed by Africa. Since this data shows only the domesticated buffalos and excludes the wild bison, North America disappears on this map.


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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of  buffalos there in 2016.


Indian, Asiatic, pigmy, water buffalo (Bubalus bubalus; B. arnee; B. depressicornis); African buffalo (genus Syncerus); American bison (Bison bison); European bison (Bison bonasus); beeffalo (cross between a bison and a domesticated beef animal). Excludes wild bisons and buffaloes.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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