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  • English name
    Gaur
  • ClassificationArtiodactyla, Bovidae
  • Scientific nameBos Gaurus

Gaur
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The Gaur is the largest type of animal that is related to the cow. They are in danger of extinction because people are hunting them for their meat, horns and also the domestic cattle are eating up their food.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 240-330cm
Tail length: 70-105cm
Weight: 580-1000kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

They live in the forests of India, Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.

What they eat

They mainly eat grasses and leaves, and sometimes eat tree branches and fruits.

What they are like

The Gaur is very timid and they form herds to avoid being hunted by their natural predator, tigers. Sometimes they group together with elephants.

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Attacked by tigers and hunted by people
The Gaur lives in South Asia and South East Asia and it is the biggest type of animal that is related to the cow. Despite its size, the Gaur's natural predator tiger often hunt them for food. Calves are particularly vulnerable to tigers. In addition, because people have been hunting them for their meat and horns, the Gaur now has become a very rare animal.

As the number of domestic cattle increases, the number of tigers decreases!?
In addition, the increase of grazing land for domestic cattle is causing the Gaur to suffer. The cattle eat up the grasses that Gaur feed on and pass diseases to the Gaur. There are concerns that the Gaur's natural predator, the tiger will also go extinct. It's believed that one of the reasons for this is the reduction in the numbers of its prey, like the Gaur. Of course the cattle that provide us with milk and meat are very important. But if we can't find a way to co-exist with wild animals, then the likes of the Gaur and tiger will be lost forever.

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