About This Project

This large Asian antelope gets its name from the Hindi word “Nilgaw” which means “blue cow”, a reference to the male’s grey coat. This ruminant eats mainly grass and leaves, but also flowers and fruit. It also grazes in growing crops where it can do a lot of damage. In some regions, the situation is bad enough for it to be considered an agricultural pest.
At La Barben zoo, the nilgai live in the large Asian plain enclosure, together with the blackbuck and the fallow deer.

Latin name: Boselaphus tragocamelus
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Size: 1.8 – 2 m long, 1.2 – 1.5 m tall
Weight: 120-240 kg
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: 8.5 months
Number of young: 1, often 2
Habitat: savannah/steppe
Diet: herbivorous
Distribution: India, Pakistan, disappeared from Bangladesh.
Conservation status: not at risk