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Kouprey
Conservation status: Critical
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Bos
Species: sauveli
Binomial name
Bos sauveli
Urbain, 1937


The Kouprey (Bos sauveli also known as Kouproh) is a wild forest dwelling ox found mainly in northern Cambodia but also believed to be found in southern Laos, western Vietnam, and eastern Thailand. It was discovered in 1937.


Male Kouprey stand up to two metres tall at the shoulder and weigh around 900 kilograms. Kouprey have large but narrow bodies, long legs and humped backs. Kouprey can be either grey, dark brown or black. The horns of the female are lyre-shaped with antelope-like upward spirals the horns of the male are widespread and arch forward and upward, which begin to split at about three years of age. Both sexes have notched nostrils and long tails. Kouprey have two toes at the centre of their hooves, the index and small toes are small hoof like parts close to the ankle.


Kouprey live in low partially forested hills where they eat mainly grasses. Kouprey are diurnal, eating in the open at night and under the forest cover during the day. They live in herds of up to twenty, generally consisting of only cows and calves but will include bulls during the dry season.


There are estimated to be less than 250 kouprey left in the world. These low numbers are attributed to uncontrolled hunting by locals and soldiers in conjunction with diseases introduced from cattle and loss of habitat. However the kouprey is suspected to have always been somewhat rare.


External Links

  • [1] (http://www.animalinfo.org/species/artiperi/bos_sauv.htm)Animal info page on kouprey
  • [2] (http://www.csew.com/cattletag/Cattle%20Website/Fact_Sheets/Kouprey/kouprey.htm)CSEW factsheet on kouprey

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Animal Info - Kouprey (907 words)
The kouprey is a forest ox weighing 680 - 910 kg (1500 - 2000 lb).
The kouprey is diurnal, grazing in open areas during the day, and entering the forest for shelter from the sun, for refuge from predators, and to seek food when the grasslands are dry.
By 1986 it was believed to occur in the southernmost provinces of Laos, the Dongrak mountains of eastern Thailand and the western edge of Vietnam, with its distribution centered on the northern plains of Cambodia.
Kouprey - Academic Kids (259 words)
The Kouprey (Bos sauveli also known as Kouproh) is a wild forest dwelling ox found mainly in northern Cambodia but also believed to be found in southern Laos, western Vietnam, and eastern Thailand.
Kouprey have two toes at the centre of their hooves, the index and small toes are small hoof like parts close to the ankle.
Kouprey are diurnal, eating in the open at night and under the forest cover during the day.
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