Head and body length: 2.4 - 3 m, shoulder height: 1.5 - 1.9 m, tail: 0.6 - 1 m
Approx 700 - 1,200 kg
Estimated at fewer than 2,500 marure individuals
Prefers low-lying alluvial grasslands, riparian forests and woodlands
A dangerous mix, As habitat loss brings the Indian water buffalo closer to its cousin the domestic water buffalow, their union results in hybridized offsprings that threaten the gene pool, Highly social, these prodigious grazers usually live in loosely structures maternal groups made up of females, their dependent young and a bull. Adult males not attached to such a group sometimes form groups of their own. But the urge to mingle is hazardous when wild and domestic meet- due to not only hybridization but also disease that can spread to wild populations. The two worlds have gotten too close for comfort.