Highland Cow

Highland Cow

Scientific name: Bos taurus


Highland Cows were domesticated thousands of years ago and are still farmed by humans primarily for beef.

Highland cows are a rich brown colour and are known for their long, wavy coats. They are originally from the mountainous areas of west Scotland and so need their long coats to keep them warm in cold winters.

Highland cattle have two horns on top of their heads which they use to dig through thick snow to find vegetation to eat. They also use their horns to defend themselves from predators and other rival cows.

  1. At Noah's Ark...

    We have 3 Highland cows... Agnes, Bonnie, Merida and Hamish.

  2. We live...

    In the Farm Fields during the spring and summer months and in their winter paddock (off show) during the winter months.

  1. Size Fact

    The average cow weighs up to 500kg

  2. Food Fact

    Cows spend between 6-11 hours grazing per day.

  3. Fun Fact

    Highland cows are the oldest breed of cattle in the world!

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You can support our conservation efforts and help with the costs of keeping rare and wonderful zoo animals by adopting a Highland Cow. Adopt a Highland Cow for yourself or as a gift.

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