Ankole Cattle | Greater Vancouver Zoo Animals

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Ankole Cattle

Common name: Ankole Cattle
Scientific name:
Bos taurus taurus ankole

At the zoo: Mama Ankole (female, 21) - Mama lives with a herd of Aoudads and they are the best of friends!

Habitat:
Ankole Cattle are a domesticated animal, found in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Africa.

Diet:
They can survive on sparse grass and shrubs as well as limited water.

Life Expectancy:
17 years

Biology:
Ankole Cattle weigh 400 - 700 kg and are often a solid colour but can also be spotted or speckled. Both males and females have the largest horns of any species of cattle that can spread nearly 2 meters across. Their horns help disperse excess body heat as blood circulating through the horns is cooled and returned to the body.

Conservation Status:
Domesticated | This species has no conservation status as they are a domesticated animal used for farming.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that Ankole Cattle can run and jump with incredible agility!?


Categories: Mammals

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