Tanzanian Maasai


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Maasai Grey, Maasai
Tanganyika Zebu
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Maintained by the Maasai pastoralists in northern Tanzania.
The Maasai people are among the Nilo-Hamitic tribes that migrated during the 17th century into Kenya and Uganda from the north and settled in western Kenya, and perhaps spread to adjacent areas of Tanzania. Their cattle are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia. Because of the centuries old traditional practice of cattle raids, present-day cattle of the Maasai are very heterogeneous having some similarities with adjacent zebu breeds (Rege and Tawah, 1999).