Kenyan Highland Zebu
Suffered greatly from the impact of crossbreeding and upgrading with exotic European cattle since 1930s. Now the breed is considered endangered (Rege, 1999).
Maintained by the Kikuyu people in south-eastern Kenya.
All zebu cattle in Kenya, except the Boran and its derivatives, are referred to as Kenyan Zebu. The individual breeds are phenotypically heterogeneous, reflecting effects of the traditional cattle raids and counter-raids. The breeds or strains have tribal and ecological origins, which do not necessarily imply genetic differences. The Kikuyu cattle are maintained by the Kikuyu tribe in the south-eastern region of the country. Extensive crossbreeding with exotic breeds and neglect caused decline of the indigenous cattle holdings to the extent that now the breed is considered endangered. The Kikuyu are one of the Bantu tribes who are believed to have brought south the original Small East African cattle that descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia (Rege and Tawah, 1999).