Lowland Anoa

Lowland Anoa

Lowland Anoa
Bubalus depressicornis


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Artiodactyla
FAMILY
Bovidae

Range

Indonesia


Habitat

Lowland forests, swampy areas, and mountainous areas from sea level to 5,000 feet above


Diet

Grasses, ferns, saplings, ginger, palm, fallen fruit

Weight

200 - 500 lbs.

Length

5.5 - 6 ft.

Gestation

10 months

Young

Usually 1 calf

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • They are shy creatures and only found on the small island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
  • They eat in the early morning and then take cover in the forest's undergrowth to keep cool during the day. They also help control forest undergrowth by feeding on the grasses and plants.
  • Despite their docile appearance, anoas are very excitable and dangerous. They can attack violently and use their sharp, short horns as daggers.
  • Lowland anoas are impressive swimmers. They have been spotted swimming long distances to offshore islands.

 

Conservation

Despite laws protecting the lowland anoa, it is facing serious declines. The wild population is estimated at less than 2,500 mature individuals.

Two major causes of the anoa's shrinking population include excessive hunting for their meat and loss of habitat.

Endangered

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