Project Description

(Bos taurus)

The Ankole-Watusi is a large African breed of cattle first domesticated in parts of Africa such as Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya thousands of years ago. Bred to survive in times where food and water are scarce, these cattle can adapt to living in extreme environments, both hot and cold. Famous for their long, thick horns, Watusi have the largest horn circumference found in any cattle breed. The current Guinness World Records holder, a bull named CT Woodie, boasts a 40.7 in horn circumference! Watusi fur color can be a variety of colors, but the most dominant color is a reddish-brown. Watusi were first brought into the United States in the 1960’s from European zoos and are now seen in both the commercial beef industry on cattle ranches as well as zoos throughout the world.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern Africa

Weight: Males up to 1,610 lbs, Females up to 1,212 lbs

Size: Up to 6.6 feet tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: More than 20 years in captivity

Diet: Ankole Watusi are cattle that are classified as grazers. They feed primarily on grass.

Conservation Status: Domesticated

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