The word “boerboom” is often associated with the extinct eastern Cape buffalo, but there are several other extinct species of elephants that bear this name. Boerbooms are massive, 7–8 ton animals that filled an important role during the day as shepherds and other livestock herders. They were able to stand up to 80 mph and had a powerful, flexible spine.
The word “panther” comes from the Greek word for “clad,” which refers to the large, powerful Felidae family (panthera). To save their species, several organizations, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Conservation Union (IUCW) have helped to create the “Panthera Conservation Project.”