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Anoas, Anoa Pictures, Facts, and Information

Lowland Anoa


Lowland Anoa

Lowland Anoa

Lowland Anoa
Pictures of lowland anoas (Bubalus depressicomis), which are miniature water buffalo and the smallest species of wild cattle in the world. "Anoa" is the Sulawesi word for "buffalo". It lives in the moist, dense forests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

They tend to live alone, but sometimes they'll group together in small numbers. They give birth to one calf at a time, and newborns have a shaggy, orange coat that they lose as they mature. The adults have a thick, black hide.

Anoas eat plants and fruit. Their population has been declining since the early 1900s due to humans taking over their habitat, as well as human poaching for its hide, horns, and meat. Humans are the anoas only predator.

The anoa has two rearward pointing horns that it uses to defned itself. Because they're pointing rearward, the anoa can run through dense foliage without getting the horns caught or tangled. The lowland anoa, pictured here, is endangered.