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Zebus, Zebu Pictures, Facts, and Information

Zebu


Zebu

Zebu

A zebu's hump


A zebu's hump

A zebu in a zoo


A zebu in a zoo
Pictures of zebus. Zebus have been domesticated and raised throughout the wolrd. These grazers can live over 20 years and can weigh between 200 and 500 pounds.

Animal: Zebu

Species: The scientific name for the Zebu is Bos Primigenius Indicus. There are about 75 different breeds of Zebu.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of a Zebu is 12-16 years.

Size & Weight: Zebus are very small for being cattle. They are about 3ft tall and weigh 300-440lbs.

Habitat: Zebus are the only species of cattle that can inhabit tropical rainforests. Many scientists attribute their success in the warmer climates to their small size and their natural resistence to parasites and disease. They can be found in the tropical jungles and plains of Africa and Asia living wild. However, being a domesticated animal, Zebu farms are found all over the world.

Diet: Zebus are grazers and mainly eat grass.

Family Life: Like their relatives, the domestic cow, Zebus are herd animals. Their herd consists of males and females, and the dominant male gets to choose his mate.

*Fun Facts*

  • The word 'zebu' is derivedfrom the Tibetan word 'ceba' which means 'hump'. Like a camel's hump, the zebu's hump stores fat that can be used when food is scarce.
  • In iNdia, the Zebu is a sacred animal and it is considered a sin to kill one!