Tamaraw, Philippines

The Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) or Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo is only found on one island in the Philippines it is endemic to the island of Mindoro and it is the largest native terrestial mammal in the Philippines, but because of human habitation, hunting, and logging, it is now restricted to only a few remote grassy plains and now an endangered species.

 

Contrary to common belief and past classification, the tamaraw is not a subspecies of the local carabao, which is only slightly larger, or the common water buffalo. In contrast to the carabao, it has a number of distinguishing characteristic: it is slightly hairier, has a light marking on its face, is not gregarious, and has short horns that are somewhat V-shaped.

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Taken on June 25, 2010