The Lowland Anoa is the smallest member of the water buffalo family. It is in danger of extinction due to the loss of its forest habitat and because it is being hunted for its meat and horns.
Body length: 150-180cm
Tail length: 25-35cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Lowland Anoa lives only on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It mainly lives in forested areas near water.
The Lowland Anoa eats the shoots and leaves of plants.
The Lowland Anoa is the smallest member of the water buffalo family, but it still weighs over 150 kg. Water buffalos are not small!
The Lowland Anoa is a member of the water buffalo family that lives only on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. One of the reasons why its population is decreasing is that the forests where it lives are disappearing. The creation of new farmland is particularly damaging. Farmland is necessary for humankind, but it is one of the reasons why wild animals are losing their habitats.
Threatened by poaching
The Lowland Anoa is in even more danger from poachers, who hunt it for its meat and horns. While laws in Indonesia protect the Lowland Anoa, poaching continues to be a problem. Sadly, a lot of poaching occurs even within the conservation areas where it is protected. If efforts to combat poaching are not increased immediately, numbers of Lowland Anoa will continue to decrease rapidly.
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