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Gaur AKA Indian Bison (Bos gaurus) - One of the vegetarian, mighty beasts of Indian jungles. These beautiful, extremely powerful, heavy but agile creatures are the largest extant bovine and is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. Their body length can range between 8.2 to 10.8 ft (excl. tail), and their height ranges between 5.41 to 7.22 ft (at the shoulder). They weigh anywhere between 650 to 1,000 kg (1,430 to 2,200 lb) with an occasional large bull weighing up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb).
Males are about 1/4th larger and heavier than females. Adult males may be solitary, while the Gaur herds are led by female Gaurs (Matriarch). During the peak of the breeding season, unattached males wander widely in search of receptive females. No serious fighting between males has been recorded, with size being the major factor in determining dominance. Males make a mating call of clear, resonant tones which may carry for more than 1.6 km (0.99 mi). Gaur have also been known to make a whistling snort as an alarm call, and a low, cow-like moo.
Due to their formidable size, they have very few natural enemies. Leopards and packs of Dholes usually hunt down the unguarded calves or unhealthy Gaurs. Only adult Tigers and salt water Crocodiles have been reported to bring down a fully grown, adult Gaur.
The Gaur in the pic is a female.
The gaur, also called Indian bison, is the largest extant bovine and is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1986, as the population decline in parts of the species' range is likely to be well over 70% during the last three generations.