Field Frame Friday: Zany zebu


Zebu (Bos indicus or Bos taurus) are a species of domestic cattle that can be seen in many countries throughout Asia and Africa. They can be easily spotted by the fatty deposit atop their backs, and are popular due to their adaptability to hot and arid environments. These animals have many uses for humans including pulling cargo, serving as dairy or beef producers, and provide a significant source of income for many locals (Rege, 2001). Additionally, they can serve as a status symbol for many local cultures, and are often traded for other high-quality items (Klein & Edwards, 2008). Here, we see three Zebu grazing in a rural town in Madagascar.

[Photo and caption by: Josie Hubbard]

Rege, J. E. O. (2001). Zebu cattle of Kenya: Uses, performance, farmer preferences, measures of genetic diversity and options for improved use (Vol. 1). ILRI (aka ILCA and ILRAD).

Klein, J., Réau, B., & Edwards, M. (2008). Zebu landscapes: Conservation and cattle in Madagascar. Greening the Great Red Island: Madagascar in Nature and Culture. Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, 157-178.



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