Found: Africa and Asia
Size: 3 to 4 feet
Weight: 340 to 500 pounds
Diet: grass, hay, vegetation
Life Span: 12 to 16 years
Zebus are not wild animals. They are the humped domestic cattle of Asia
and Africa. Miniature zebus, or Nadudana, are the smallest of over 30
breeds developed in India. Many Hindus regard all of them as sacred.
They are used as dairy, beef, and draft animals in southern
India and Sri-Lanka.
The zebu is also about half the
weight of a typical cow and therefore considered to
have less meat. Zebus are highly resistant to hot weather. Their small size is thought to be the reason why the
zebu is able to thrive in tropical climates, where other species of cattle do
not fair so well. Horns, usually less than 12 inches long, curve upward and out. Zebus do
not moo or bellow like other cattle but make grunting sounds instead. Sebaceous glands beneath
their skins secrete an oily, odorous substance that repels ticks and
They also are thought to have both parasite and disease resistant properties.