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Watusi Cow

Watusi - Pairi Daiza

A cow with enormous horns

Of the same family as the African Zebu, this bovine race was one of the first to be domesticated, as long as 3,000 years ago.

It does not have the zebu’s hump, but the Ankole-Watusi is above all remarkable for its enormous horns, each of which, at their base, can have a circumference of 50 cm and a record length of 1m50! That in total makes a fantastic “span”!

It is a race that is impervious to many cattle diseases and is not very demanding in terms of food. It can survive drought and thus constitutes, with some cousin races (Borane, Nguni…) an essential element of subsistence for many tribes of East Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.

For nourishment, certain tribes drink not only its milk but also its blood, taken via a small nick in a vein of the neck, without risk for the life of the cow, which is its owner’s pride and joy.

Watusi - Pairi Daiza
Identity card


  • Name : Watusi Cow
  • Latin name : Bos taurus taurus watusi
  • Origin : East Africa, from Burundi to the North of Kenya (Lakes Tanganyika, Kivu, Victoria and Turkana)
  • IUCN status : --
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