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Captive tamaraw, Philippines, 2009

Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis)

Behaviour and ecology

The Tamaraw’s diet consists mainly of grasses and young bamboo shoots.12 They are mainly solitary, with the exception of females with offspring and rare occurrences of small groups feeding together.11,12 Their solitary nature is believed to be an adaptation of living in more forested areas, difficult for large groups.8 Although traditionally diurnal, nocturnal habits are becoming more frequent as a result of human intrusion and disturbance.12

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