Texas Longhorn Cattle Join the Farm

January 4, 2012

A piece of the American southwest comes north as the Queens Zoo welcomes a pair of Texas longhorn cattle, including a male calf and an adult cow. Visitors can see the brown-and-white speckled pair on the Farm.

A piece of the American southwest comes north as the Queens Zoo welcomes a pair of Texas longhorn cattle to the Farm.

The brown-and-white speckled pair include an 8-month-old, 150-pound male calf and a 7-year-old, 800-pound cow. Both have a gentle disposition and curious personalities, and zookeepers say they are adjusting well to their new home. They share their barnyard space with Scottish Highland cows.

“As a zoo of the Americas, it is particularly nice for us to exhibit a breed of cattle that have been developed and made famous within the United States,” said Scott Silver, Director and Curator of the Queens Zoo. “Texas longhorns add diversity to our farm area where we showcase domestic breeds of animals that live in the Americas.”

Texas longhorns are known for their characteristic horns that can extend up to 5 feet from tip to tip. They have a wide range of coat colors. The breed developed originally as a result of cross breeding between feral and domestic cattle. The Texas longhorn has long been known for its beauty, stature, and intelligence.