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Royal cattle

This cattle breed is well-adapted to the difficult conditions of the African plains: sparse and poor quality food, limited amounts of water and extreme temperatures. They are known for their long horns: up to 2.4 m long and 20 centimetres in diameter!

Ankole cattle were traditionally considered a symbol of wealth by the Masai tribe. Their milk is made into yoghurt and consumed widely, but their meat is rarely eaten.

You will be impressed by their deep coat colour and their enormous horns!

Latin name: Bos taurus taurus ankole
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Size: 1.65 – 1.98 m tall at the shoulder
Weight: 335 – 600 kg
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: 9 months
Number of young: 1
Habitat: savannah
Diet: herbivorous
Distribution: East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi).
Conservation status: domesticated