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LOWLAND ANOA
Bubalus depressicornis

Range:
Island of Celebres in Eastern Indonesia. The Anoa is considered a dwarf cousin to the water buffalo. It belongs to the Bovid family, which includes buffalo, bison and wild cattle. Anoas are very solitary animals; they may live in pairs or small groups. These groups take over small places near streams or rivers.

These animals are considered very dangerous. They are characterized to act like cattle. They feed in the morning and rest during the hot times of the day. Their horns are used to protect themselves against predators. The horns also keep them from getting tangled in the brush of the forests.

Habitat: Undisturbed, moist, dense forest.
Diet: Grass, herbs, leaves, fruit, and marsh and aquatic plants.
Status: Endangered due to expansion of human settlements into forests. (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Weight: 200-500 lbs
Height (at shoulders): 34 inches
Lifespan: In the wild: 15-20 years. In a zoo: up to 28 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Anoa calves are born with a rusty brown coat that they lose as they mature, revealing a thick, black hide.

 

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