Watusi Cattle

Cattle, Watusi

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Description

Watusi have a typical cow-like build. They are a cross between an ancient Egyptian breed of longhorn cattle and the Zebu cattle from Pakistan and India. They are well known for their impressive, upturned horns which can each reach 5 ft (150 cm) in length. Watusi have many patterns and may be solid or spotted in color.

Classification

Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetartiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Species
B. taurus
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

Key Facts

Height
4-6 ft (~130-180 cm)
Weight
900-1600 lb (~410-730 kg)

Being domesticated and common throughout the world, Watusi cattle (Bos taurus) are not considered endangered. For this reason, the IUCN does not evaluate them.

Social Life
Watusi cattle are social and often kept in large herds. Many of the tribes who keep these animals are semi-nomadic pastoralists, which means that they move the cattle for part of the year and maintain a base camp to cultivate crops.

Habitat and Range
Watusi are adapted to many climates and range throughout much of Africa. They are currently found primarily in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Diet
Like most cattle, Watusi are nomadic grazers that consume grasses and leaves.

Lifespan
Maximum lifespan in domestic cattle may exceed 20–30 years.

Predators
The wild ancestors of domestic cattle were likely preyed upon by large carnivores such as lions, leopards and humans. Currently cattle are the occasional prey of wild carnivores but the majority of predation is by humans. Their large size and herding behavior provides protection against predators.

Reproduction
Sexual maturity: Male: 1 year, Female: 1 year
Mating Season: Throughout the year
Birth Season:    Year-round
Gestation:          9 months
No. of Young:     1-2

Information

Description

Watusi have a typical cow-like build. They are a cross between an ancient Egyptian breed of longhorn cattle and the Zebu cattle from Pakistan and India. They are well known for their impressive, upturned horns which can each reach 5 ft (150 cm) in length. Watusi have many patterns and may be solid or spotted in color.

Classification

Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetartiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Bos
Species
B. taurus
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

Key Facts

Height
4-6 ft (~130-180 cm)
Weight
900-1600 lb (~410-730 kg)
Conservation

Being domesticated and common throughout the world, Watusi cattle (Bos taurus) are not considered endangered. For this reason, the IUCN does not evaluate them.

Lifestyle

Social Life
Watusi cattle are social and often kept in large herds. Many of the tribes who keep these animals are semi-nomadic pastoralists, which means that they move the cattle for part of the year and maintain a base camp to cultivate crops.

Habitat and Range
Watusi are adapted to many climates and range throughout much of Africa. They are currently found primarily in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Diet
Like most cattle, Watusi are nomadic grazers that consume grasses and leaves.

Lifespan
Maximum lifespan in domestic cattle may exceed 20–30 years.

Predators
The wild ancestors of domestic cattle were likely preyed upon by large carnivores such as lions, leopards and humans. Currently cattle are the occasional prey of wild carnivores but the majority of predation is by humans. Their large size and herding behavior provides protection against predators.

Reproduction
Sexual maturity: Male: 1 year, Female: 1 year
Mating Season: Throughout the year
Birth Season:    Year-round
Gestation:          9 months
No. of Young:     1-2

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