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Lowland Anoa

About the Lowland Anoa

The Lowland anoa is a small bovid found in Southeast Asia. These animals have thick, black skin covered with short, dark brown hair. Males are usually darker in color than females. White spots are sometimes present below the eyes and there may be white markings on the legs and back. Both males and females have horns that are short, triangular and are flattened closer to the top.

Anoas wallow in pools of water and mud. This is thought to help them cool off, as well as to protect them from insects.These animals feed during the morning and later afternoon, and rest in the shade during the hottest parts of the day - then they forage for food at night. Lowland anoas have short horns which point backwards so they don’t get tangled in the dense forest undergrowth.

Did you know?

These shy and secretive animals are sometimes referred to locally as the ‘demon of the forest’ as it’s mistakenly believed by farmers that they leave the forests at night to attack their cattle.