How to Draw an Asian Water Buffalo

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Asian Water Buffalo in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Asian Water Buffalo.

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How to Draw an Asian Water Buffalo - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Asian water buffaloes are found all over Asia, and they love to swim in water, hence their name. Because they like water, they are used for domestic work, helping farmers till rice fields and perform other farm chores. Start by drawing the water buffalo’s head. It has a long snout, and long curvy horns.

Step 2: Next, add an ear, an eye, a circle for a nostril, and a line for the buffalo’s mouth.

Step 3: Draw a long line going left for the water buffalo’s back. It’s a bit bumpy on his back! Add a slightly shorter line underneath for his chest. They have strong chests.

Step 4: Draw two short curved lines for one of his front legs and add a hoof. Then draw a line for his belly.

Step 5: Draw another front leg behind the first.

Step 6: Add a long angled line to start drawing his hind leg. Finish his leg and add a hoof.

Step 7: Now let’s add a tail! Water buffaloes use their long tails to help them swish away flies and other bugs that bother them.

Step 8: Finally, we’ll add the last leg behind the other one. You can now color in your water buffalo! They are typically black or dark grey.

Interesting Facts about Asian Water Buffalo

Asian water buffalo are also known as wild water buffalo, Asian buffalo, and Asiatic buffalo. They are native to the Southeast Asia, specifically Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Bhutan, and India. They live in wet habitats of forests, grasslands, and woodlands.

Did you know?

  • They spend a lot of time sitting in water or mud holes when they want to keep cool in hot weather.
  • Their average length is between 8 and 9 feet, and they are about 5 to 6 feet tall. Male Asian water buffalo weigh about a ton.
  • They live to be about 25 years old.
  • They live in groups called clans that are led by one female. Males form their own clans and join females only when they are mating.
  • They have the longest horns of any other animal. The longest ever recorded was 13 feet. The average length is 6.5 feet. Male horns are heavier and longer than those of females.

The Asian water buffalo is an endangered species due to habitat loss, hunting, and breeding with domesticated buffalo (which resulted in diseases). There are said to be about 4,000 Asian water buffalo left in the world. It is unknown whether or not there are any pure-bred Asian water buffalo still in existence.