One of the most interesting and smallest surviving members of the Bovidae family is the endemic anoa, living in the humid lowland forests of the island Celebes of Sulawesi, usually alone or in pairs.
The species is rare and in decline due to the cutting down of forests for timber, agricultural land and metal ores, hunting for meat and the needs of traditional medicine. The anoa is very rarely exhibited in zoos, there are only about 60 individuals living in all European zoos combined. The Gdańsk Zoo, in which the anoa lives as of 2005, is proud to be the first to have offspring of this species in Poland.
Did you know…
The Anoa is the smallest in the wild surviving member of the Bovidae. Wither height 86 cm, weight 90-225 kg. Lifespan: 30 years.
- Latin name: Bubalus depressicornis
- IUCN –Red List – E – Endangered
- CITES – Appendix I