Nandi Zebu

Special Characteristics: 
Small fine-boned, hump varies in size but usually large and hanging backwards in the bull; coat colour is variable, but many animals are plain black, red, fawn or grey.
Main Location: 
Maintained by the Nandi pastoralists in the north east of Kavirondo.
The Nandi people are among the Nilo-Hamitic tribes that migrated during the 17th century into Kenya from the north and settled in western Kenya. The Nandi now inhabit tha area northeast of Kavirondo and Lake Victoria. Their cattle are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia. The Nandi people have a long history of cattle raids, and have acquired cattle from several tribes including the Maasai. As a result the cattle are phenotypically heterogeneous (Rege and Tawah, 1999).