The cumbrous wooden carts which afford the sole means of transport in many districts are generally drawn by oxen, although buffaloes may be seen in the south.
Even tame buffaloes seem to have an inveterate dislike to Europeans.
Others again assert the buffaloes to have been there from time immemorial; in which case it is very desirable that a specimen should be submitted for examination.
The buffaloes are used not only in agriculture, but also as beasts of burden, as draught-animals and for the saddle.
In the burials of the rich, water and bread are distributed to the poor at the grave; and sometimes a buffalo or several buffaloes are slaughtered there, and the flesh given away.
The buffaloes are largely employed for turning the sakias.
Though banding together in tens of thousands, the lion-maned buffaloes of the West have fled before a solitary horseman.
In the marshy lake near Mater (north Tunisia), round the mountain island of Jebel Ashkel, is a herd of over 50 buffaloes; these are said to resemble the domestic (Indian) buffalo of the Levant and Italy, and to have their origin in a gift of domestic buffaloes from a former king of Naples to a bey or dey of Tunis.
As vegetation begins to appear, herds of wild elephants and buffaloes are attracted by the supply of food and the solitude of the newly-formed land, and in their turn contribute to manure the soil.
Two kinds of buffaloes are found in the forests, which are the home of the gorilla and chimpanzee.