Yes, there are Water Buffalo in South Carolina. Here is proof, and it’s not a zoo.
They have been used in rice fields throughout Asia for centuries. Perfect for working in the marsh and mud.
Until the US Civil War, South Carolina was one of the worlds largest rice exporters. Makes sense for the plantations to get their own Water Buffalo, and they did.
Middleton Plantation was taken and ransacked by Federal troops in 1865. The Buffalo were used to feed troops, except for a small number.
Some of the animals that were saved became the property of a northern officer. Most likely from New York.
Why New York? If you have ever been to the Central Park Zoo you might have seen Water Buffalo. The first generation were captured in Middleton Plantation.