Life-history traits of gaur Bos gaurus: A first analysis

F.S. Ahrestani, S. Iyer, I.M.A. Heitkonig, H.H.T. Prins

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
JournalMammal Review
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • sexual size dimorphism
  • population-dynamics
  • prey selection
  • southern india
  • bison
  • ungulate
  • ecology
  • buffalo
  • tiger
  • carnivores

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