Ankole (cattle)

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The Ankole is a breed of African cattle, belonging to the broad Sanga cattle group of African breeds.[1]:604 It was probably introduced to Uganda between five and seven hundred years ago by nomadic pastoralists from more northerly parts of the continent. It is distributed in much of eastern and central Africa, particularly in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and parts of Tanzania. There are at least five distinct regional strains, some of which may be reported as breeds in their own right.[2][3]:109[4]


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