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Pygmy Zebu

Bos taurus indicus

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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