Travel Choice

Check Out the
Watusi's Horns

Quick Facts

Conservation
status :
Recovering
When Watusi
came into being :
6,000 years ago
Maximum horn
span of a Watusi :
8 feet
Maximum
weight :
1,600 pounds

Our Watusi

Our Ankole-Watusi cattle are among only 1,500 of the species that live outside of their native Africa. They first came to the United States in the 1960s.

In the Wild

Known for their strikingly large horns, Watusi have been prized for their beauty and used as ceremonial animals in Africa. Their coats’ colors and patterns vary from dark red to black, and from solid to speckled.
Their primary homelands are Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, where they live in slow-roaming herds. The adults in the herd sleep in a circle every night to protect the calves who are positioned in the middle.

Conservation

Watusi cattle’s conservation status is “recovering.” In recent decades, factors such as civil war, government-backed crossbreeding and economic issues have negatively impacted the species.
Every year, we give grants to national and international organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation and we also support ongoing programs.

Read how we help

Learn What Watusi Eat

Watusi mostly graze on grasses and leaves that they find in the open fields and savannas in their natural habitat. Their need for water is low.

See the Watusi

Your Visit

Plan your trip to the Alabama Safari Park! See driving directions, buy tickets and view a park map.