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bovine with large horns and mottled red-and-white markings
Conservation status FAO (2007): not listed
Country of origin United States of America
  • Male:
    450–730 kg
    average 590 kg
  • Female:
    410–550 kg
    average 476 kg
Coat usually red
Horn status horned, large thick horns
  • Cattle
  • Hybrid Bos (primigenius) taurus/indicus
Ankole-Watusi, Cambridge, Ontario (14656696757), cropped
In a safari park near Cambridge, Ontario, in Canada
Bulls at the Living Desert Museum in California

The Ankole-Watusi is a modern American breed of domestic cattle. It derives from the Ankole group of Sanga cattle breeds of central Africa. It is characterized by very large horns.


The Ankole-Watusi derives from central African cattle of the Ankole group of Sanga cattle breeds. Some of these were brought to Germany as zoo specimens in the early twentieth century, and from there spread to other European zoos. Some were imported to the United States, and in 1960 a herd was started in New York State by cross-breeding some of them with an unrelated Canadian bull. A breed society, the Ankole Watusi International Registry, was set up in 1983, and in 1989 a breed standard was drawn up. In 2016 the total number for the breed was thought to be approximately 1500 head, some 80% of them in the United States.


The Ankole-Watusi may be a number of different colors, but is usually red. The horns are unusually large, with a widespread and the largest circumference found in any cattle breed. Guinness World Records lists a bull named CT Woodie with a horn circumference of 103.5 cm (40.7 in) and a steer named Lurch, with horns measuring 95.25 cm (37.50 in), as record-holders.

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