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Extinction Countdown

Little Time Left for the Tamaraw? Philippine Buffalo Species Down to Last 300 Animals

You see that drawing to the left there? It appears to be the world’s only public domain image of the tamaraw, or Mindoro dwarf buffalo (Bubalus mindorensis), a species endemic to a single island in the Philippines that is down to its last 300 or so wild individuals. Oh sure, I could show you plenty [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Cattle plague: An extinction worth celebrating

technician vaccinates cattle against rinderpest

The world’s deadliest cattle disease could be wiped off the face of the planet in the next 18 months, according to a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Rinderpest, "one of the most devastating animal diseases known to man," according to the FAO, could become only the second disease to be [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Great Asian cattle

When unable to produce anything new, I resort to the extensive Tet Zoo archives. Here’s an article from ver 2, first published in April 2009… Cattle are another of those groups of animals that are really pretty incredible once you take the time to look at, and think about, them. The size, power and awesome [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Frankly, cattle are awesome

I’ve written about cattle – living and fossil – at least a few times on Tet Zoo (see links below). What a fascinating and awesome assemblage of mammalian herbivores. There are the bison and the members of the domestic cattle lineage, the African buffalo Syncerus caffer and its fossil, long-horned relatives, the Asian water buffalo [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Cows Learn Better With Friends

dairy calf

My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we’d pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies. Dairy cattle also tend to be separated from each other, but that may actually put them at a disadvantage. Calves are separated from [...]

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