Watusi move into new habitat at the Virginia Zoo

Diallo, left, and Gamba, watusi steers, survey their new habitat in the Virginia Zoo’s Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit, Thursday, April 24, 2014 (Virginia Zoo photo by Winfield Danielson).
Diallo, left, and Gamba, watusi steers, survey their new habitat in the Virginia Zoo’s Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit, Thursday, April 24, 2014 (Virginia Zoo photo by Winfield Danielson).

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Two animals moved into their new homes at the Virginia Zoo Thursday.

According to the Virginia Zoo, two watusi steers were introduced to their new habitat at the Zoo’s Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit.

According to the Zoo, watusi grow horns that can be as long as 8 feet from tip to tip. The horns act as radiators to help the animals deal with heat, but they are also powerful weapons.

Diallo and Gambo, both born in 2012, will eventually share their new habitat with Hartmann’s mountain zebras, according to the Zoo.

Officials say there are no plans to breed the watusi, since they are a domesticated species.

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