Anoa
(Lowland Water Buffalo)

Bubalus depressicornis

CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Artiodactyla
FAMILY: Bovidae

SIZE:
3 feet 3 inches at the shoulder

RANGE:
Sulawesi (Celebes)

HABITAT:
Swamps, forests, and jungles

DIET:
Wild - Grass, herbs, leaves, fruit, and aquatic plants
Zoo - Herbivore diet, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, and hay

DESCRIPTION:
This small buffalo is dark brown to black in color and may have a white area on its throat and lower jaw. The horns are short and straight, flattened triangular in shape, and point backwards. The anoa has a plump, stocky body and moves in a slow pace with occasionally a few awkward jumps. The calf has a thick, woolly, golden brown coat.

FACTS: The anoa is normally lazy, staying in one spot for a long time, and prefers to live singly or in pairs. It will attack blindly when cornered or injured.

YOUNG:
Can have a single young at anytime of the year.

STATUS:
CITES App. I; endangered due to hunting and loss of habitat.

REFERENCE:
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Vol. 13. Mammals IV
The Management of Wild Mammals in Captivity. Lee S. Crandall