Springbok and wildebeest herds on an open plain

Cattle family

Bovidae is the mammal family that contains all the cattle, goats, sheep, antelopes and gazelles. All male bovines have horns, though some hornless domestic cattle have been bred by man. In some species the females also have horns.

Scientific name: Bovidae

Rank: Family

Common names:

  • Bovids,
  • Bovines


Map showing the distribution of the Cattle family taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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