In this first detailed analysis of gaur Bos gaurus life-history traits, data were collected from a 20-month field study in South India and from captive gaur populations. Mean age of females at first parturition was 3 years; females remained fertile beyond the age of 15 years. Adult females were three times more abundant than adult males in the wild; survival of females was greater than males beyond three years of age. Life span of both sexes has not exceeded 24 years in captivity. Gaur life-history traits are similar to those of other similar-sized Bovini species.
- sexual size dimorphism
- prey selection
- southern india
Ahrestani, F. S., Iyer, S., Heitkonig, I. M. A., & Prins, H. H. T. (2011). Life-history traits of gaur Bos gaurus: A first analysis. Mammal Review, 41(1), 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2907.2010.00166.x