Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 29, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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Pygmy Zebu

Bos taurus indicus

Zebu Gallery

About the Pygmy Zebu

Class: Mammalia  
Order: Artiodactyla   
Family: Bovidae  
Genus: Bos  
Species: taurus indicus

 

Pygmy Zebu Facts

Appearance:
Pygmy zebu are small cattle that can be black, brown or grey with white accents. They have a large hump on their back, loose skin hanging from their neck called a dewlap and ears that droop down. Similar to camels, zebu’s humps store fat that can be used for nutrients if food is scarce.

Size:
42 inches at the shoulder
200-400 pounds

Diet:
Zebu enjoy chewing on any grasses they can get their teeth into. They graze for eight hours a day interspersed with resting and chewing cud.

Reproduction:
Female zebu reach maturity by 18 months and remain fertile for 12 years thereafter. After a nine-month gestation period, they usually give birth to one baby at a time but will occasionally have twins.

Behavior:
Zebu are very social mammals, and they maintain a dominance hierarchy. To call other members of their herd, zebu emit a “moo” call. Like other cattle, zebu have specialized muscles that allow the skin to twitch rapidly. This helps stop insects from landing and biting the cows.

Habitat/Range:
Pygmy zebu are native to Sri Lanka, but may also be found in Caucasus, East Africa and Thailand.

Median Life Expectancy:
Over 20 years