Texas longhorn

Longhorn herds can travel long distances because, unlike other cattle, they can forage on brush and survive for days without water. Texas Longhorn cattle sales to cattlemen and ranchers post-Civil War aided the state of Texas out of an economic depression.

Fast Facts

  • The longhorn didn't become the Texas state large mammal until 1995.
  • Their population plummeted to near extinction in the 1920s. It took guidance from the United States government to increase their numbers.
  • Known for their hardiness, Texas Longhorn calves stand quicker than other breeds.

Scientific name

Bos taurus taurus
Range  North America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Boots
Zoo location Plains pasture

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