More information about Anoas
The color of the Anoa ranges from light brown to a dark brown color. The
undersides may be a different color brown than the outer part of the body.
Some have white spots on their heads and stout legs. They have a very chubby
round body. The horns are triangular shaped and flatten at the ends
as the point backwards at a diagonal. These almost deer-like animals whose
biology is almost unknown are considered ungulates. Ungulates are animals
that have hoofed feet.
Shoulder Height is 180 cm
Body length 160-180 cm
Weight 150-300 kg (330-660 lbs)
Tail length 40 cm
Horn length 18-37 cm
Anoa is considered a dwarf cousin to the water buffalo. They are declining
because of habitat loss. It belongs to the Bovid family, which includes
buffalo, bison and wild cattle. Anoas are very solitary animals; they may
live in pairs or small groups. These groups take over small places near
streams or rivers. They mainly eat aquatic plants, but sometimes eat grass
Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
These animals are considered very dangerous. They are characterized
to act like wild cattle. They feed in the morning and rest during the hot
times of the day. Their horns are used to protect themselves against predators.
The horns also keep them from getting tangled in the brush of the forests.
(right: picture courtesy of Woodland
Comments about the Anoas of the Fort Worth
The anoas are kept in a lowland type environment. There are bushes
surround the fencing and the grass is kept green. The habitat is watered
and fertilized so that the animal is able to eat if it desires to do so.
They don't feed only on the grass; they are given fruit and other herbs
anoa rests under the shade near the bushes in the hot part of the day.
There were two to be seen at the time. One of the two was a youngster and
the other was an adult. They are a miniature water buffalo that appears
to be harmless, but can be very dangerous.