South Africa has a new ‘superbuffalo’ champion: Inala – a buffalo bull that has sold at auction for R168 million.
The auction was held by Thaba Tholo Game Reserve, where Inala was the main attraction.
According to Thaba Tholo CEO, Rubin Els, Inala will be generating hype and attention from all over the world for the next 10 to 15 years, particularly among breeders.
When it comes to buffalo, size really does matter – with a wider horn span fetching a higher the price.
According to breeders, African buffalo used to have horns spanning wider than 1.5 meters, but hunting removed the largest animals from the gene pool.
Breeders are trying to restore top genetics through breeding programmes – which is why buffalo with a wide horn span can fetch millions.
A superbuffalo called Horison is considered the most expensive buffalo in the country after it was valued at over R176 million at an auction in February 2016.
However, the valuation is based on the R44 million paid for a 25% stake in the bull, rather than the total R176 million paid. Therefore it is fair to say that Inala takes the crown for a single payment, where the entire R168 million was paid.
In terms of horn span, Horison’s is registered as the highest in the world at 1.39 metres, while Inala’s horn-span comes in at 1.30 metres, making it one of the three largest in the country.
Els said that the money that came in for the bull will go towards the conservation enterprise of the 37,000 hectare game farm, which breeds other rare species, such as Steenbuck, Gemsbuck, Duiker, Bushbuck, and Wildebeest, among others.