The Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovine wild and domesticated livestock species. In the year 2000, the UN estimated that there were around 158 million water buffalo in the world, and 97% of those are located in Asia.
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The Water Buffalo is mainly used for meat and dairy purposes. Their dung is used as fuel and fertilizer in some countries. In other countries such as Thailand and India, they are used as pack animals carrying loads for even military forces.
Water Buffalo in the United States are typically raised for hunting purposes...Water Buffalo makes an excellent hunting trophy because of its dominant size and presence, and the meat is very lean.