A zebu herdsman watches over his cattle near the Tsiribihina River, which is home to crocodiles. Tsiribihina River, 15 October 2022
Zebus are native to Madagascar and have cultural and economic significance. They are known for their distinctive hump and long, curved horns, and are used for meat, milk, and labour. Zebus are also important in traditional rituals and ceremonies and are a symbol of wealth and status. They have small heads, short fur, and come in different colours. They graze on pastureland and produce 2-3 litres of milk per day. Zebus are mostly bred for meat production and are slaughtered at 6-12 years old. They are used to prepare rice paddies, till fields, and pull carts. They are important in Madagascan rites, especially as sacrifices in family events and ceremonies.