Although recent population estimates show figures as high as 100,000, the Tarime is considered to be at risk of extinction because of interbreeding with neighbouring breeds (Rege, 1999).
Found in the Mushoma area of the Mara region of northern Tanzania.
The Small East African Zebu are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia, and some may have ancestral linkages with cattle of the Large East African Zebu group. The breeds or strains that belong to Tanganyika Zebu have broad genetic and phenotypic diversity, and are dispersed throughout mainland Tanzania, but mainly in the Dodomo area of central Tanzania. They are named after tribal groups or locations. Molecular genetic evidence suggests that the Tarime has some taurines influence, probably as a result of Ankole Sanga introgression at the areas of contact (Rege and Tawah, 1999).