Texas Longhorns

Our Residents 

The Texas Longhorns reside at Spring River Zoo, Geronimo, the oldest at age 19, and Otis and Poncho who are three years old. 

Creature Features 

Description                                                                                                                                                                                                The Texas Longhorn are medium bodied animals, which they have good length, moderate thickness and rounded body barrels. They also have long legs, which makes it easier to travel long distances. They have thick hooves that are good for walking trails. The most recognizable trait of a longhorn is as the name says, the unusually long horns. They are known for their extremely diversified coloring.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                        Texas Longhorns eat a wider range of grasses, plants and weeds than most other cattle.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: American Longhorn
  • Scientific Name: Bos taurus
  • Conservation Status: Critical
  • Lifespan: 20 to 30 years
  • Body Length: 4 to 5 feet tall at the shoulder.
  • Weight: Bulls– 1400 to 2200 pounds. Cows– 600 to 1400 pounds. Steer– 1400 to 2500 pounds
  • Gestation: 285 to 295 days
  • Number of Young: 1 to 2
  • Habitat: Domesticated
  • Distribution: North America and Canada

Did You Know?

Both male Longhorn bulls and female cows have horns. Their population plummeted near extinction in the 1920s. It took guidance from the United States government to increase their numbers.