The Anoa is quite small,
and often referred to as pygmy or miniature buffalo. Although
not much is known about the Anoa, they are belived to live
singly or in pairs, rather than herds, except when the cows
are about to give birth. It is believed unlikely that there
are more than 5000 animals remaining. Reasons for the decline
include hunting for hide, horns and meat by the indigenous
peoples (though they were rarely hunted by indigenous peoples
before the introduction of modern firearms); and loss of
habitat due to the advancement of settlement. Currently,
hunting is the more serious factor in most areas. The Anoa
do not appear to be adaptable to humans.
Shy animal with a keen
sense of smell. Salt licks and areas with fruiting
trees are the places to find these animals.
The male is black.
The female is brown.
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