The Mountain Anoa is a miniature water buffalo that lives only in Indonesia. They are an endangered species because of hunting for horns and meat, and loss of forest habitat.
Body length: 150-170cm
Tail length: 17-25cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Mountain Anoa is found only on the island of Sulawesi and the nearby island of Buton in Indonesia. They live in deep forests.
The Mountain Anoa likes to eat tree leaves, grass, and fruits.
The Mountain Anoa shares similar features with other Anoa that live on the island of Sulawesi, specifically their slim body for a water buffalo, and the way their horns extend backwards. The main difference is that Mountain Anoas are smaller.
Poaching for meat and horns fails to cease!
The Mountain Anoa is a miniature water buffalo that lives in Indonesia. Much about this deep forest dweller remains a mystery, including its population. So how do we know it's endangered if we don't even know how many there are? There are some good solid reasons. For one, we know that they are poached for their meat and horns. And this poaching has yet to stop even though the Anoa is supposed to be protected.
Forests are turning into farmlands and mines...
We also know there is habitat loss. Many Mountain Anoas are disappearing because the forests where they live are being turned into farmland or mines for gold and other elements. There have been reports that some Anoas remain in the deeper virgin forests, but even this information is 30 years old. Without sufficient information, it is impossible to plan for conservation activities. The first thing we need to do is a detailed investigation.
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