More information about Anoas
Physical Description: 

  • 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
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. 
General information: 

The 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 or leaves. 

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 Park Zoo)

Comments about the Anoas of the Fort Worth Zoo:

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 daily. 

Personal Observations:

The 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.

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