You may have heard rumors about this "new world record buffalo" in Tanzania with an "incredible 64½-inch outside spread," but be aware that the animal in question does not appear to be that big after all. We are indebted to subscriber Matt Norman for the clarifying details on this one.
Seems the brouhaha began when Safari Press, the book publishing firm, uploaded a German hunting client's photograph of a huge buffalo that was reported to have been killed and eaten sometime late last year by lions in Tanzania's Manyara National Park. The buffalo was still alive when the photograph was taken, incidentally, and the image is absolutely mind-boggling. At any rate, the horns and skull were subsequently found by game department personnel, who turned them over to a taxidermist in Arusha, who showed them to Matt Norman.
Norman says the taxidermist is selling replicas of the horns for $1,000 each, and is repeating the claim that is being made at this writing on the Safari Press web site - namely, that the horns are a "new world record." Trouble is, Norman was taken to see the horns by PH Ernst Scholz, who happens to be an SCI Master Measurer, and who happened to have a tape with him during the visit. He promptly measured the horns and filled out an SCI score sheet, a copy of which we have now seen. It indicates the buffalo measures 104 0/8, tip to tip. The boss measures 11 6/8 x 11 7/8. The outside spread is 62 6/8. The total SCI score is 127 3/8, which places it roughly 24th in the SCI Record Book. As regards the Rowland & Ward Record Book, which measures outside spread only, the buffalo is apparently No. 2, as the No. 1 buffalo in Rowland Ward is listed as having a spread of 64 inches.
All of this is quibbling maybe, because the buffalo in question is immense. The photograph of it on the Safari Press web site is definitely worth seeing (Go to: http://www.safaripress.com/. Click on "New Developments").