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Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Bos taurus

Geographic Region: Lake Mobutu to Lake Tanganyike in eastern Africa

Did You Know? Watusi cattle tolerate temperature and weather extremes thanks to their horns, which they use as radiators. Their blood circulates through the horn area, and is cooled and returned to their body. Amazingly, Watusi cattle horns, which can have a circumference nearing 28 inches, can reach lengths of eight feet wide, tip to tip.



Height: 5.5 – 6.5 ft.

Weight: Male: 1,200 – 1,600 lbs; Female: 950 – 1,200 lbs.

Zoo Diet

grass and leaves

Conservation Status

Least concern

Fabric of Africa

Exhibit information

Did you know that you can go on safari right here in Rhode Island? View rare and exotic species from far away Africa.

Throughout your adventure, learn how the people, land, and animals of Africa are all interconnected and interdependent while watching zebras, cheetahs, red river hogs, and more in action.

Observe elephants swimming in a waterhole at the Ivory Ella Elephant Yard and Masai giraffes reaching high into the trees for a leafy snack at the Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Jambo Junction.

Can’t find the elephants or giraffes? Head into the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion. Inside you may catch an elephant bath or training session in progress. You can also learn how Roger Williams Park Zoo cares for animals, both here at the Zoo and out in the wild.

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