I love the new movie Zootopia, and I enjoy reading articles pertaining to it. Now, I know I am nitpicky about animals in movies and TV—I’ve worked with wildlife, and I have an animal rescue so, yes, I am partial. But I hate seeing ignorance about even the littlest things spread about nature and all the amazing inhabitants of this planet.
After this nitpick you might see why it’s important to have the species correct for the character.
Okay, so here is Chief Bogo, one of my favorite characters of Zootopia:
He is is big and badass and intimidating. You don’t question him.
In almost every article that mentions Bogo, he is called a water buffalo. But he is actually an African Cape buffalo, and this is important, because:
THIS is a water buffalo. Similar, yes. But they are native to Asia, and although there are wild and feral populations, the water buffalo is a domestic beast of burden. I have even worked with them and they are very gentle.
THIS is a bull African Cape buffalo. This is one of the most badass animals in Africa. Because of its unpredictable nature, which makes it highly dangerous to humans, the African buffalo has never been domesticated. Although lions can take them down, these buffalos can also take down lions. A characteristic feature of the horns of adult male African buffalo is fusion of their bases, forming a continuous bone shield referred to as a “boss”. As you can see, Chief Bogo clearly has the “boss” on his forehead.
So you see, it makes sense for Bogo to be one of these no-nonsense bovines. If he were a water buffalo, well…he’d be kind of slow and thoughtful, I think. 🙂 So folks, get your species correct and give him some credit. 😉