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Azawak -bull- Benin/Burkina Faso/Niger/Nigeria/Mali

(most common name in Benin, Niger, Nigeria)

also (most common name):
Zébu Azawak (Mali)
Zébu Azawack (Burkina Faso)
also (transboundary/brand name):
Azaouak (Niger, Nigeria)
also (local/other name):
• Azaouak (Mali, Nigeria, Mali)
• AzaouakDamerghou (Niger)
• Azawa (Niger, Nigeria)
• Tagama (Nigeria)
Tuareg (Niger, Nigeria)
also named (Arabic):
• Azawal (Niger, Nigeria)
also named (Hausa):
• Shanun Adar (Niger)
also named (Bambara):
• Tagama (Nigeria)

The Azawak is a West African Shorthorned Zebu, similar to the Shuwa. They are docile and easily managed.

In Niger, as of 2012, the Azawak population was 3,341,503 – 6,581,749 and listed uses were: pack/baggage, carting, milk, riding (work), meat.

The Azawak is native to the Azawak Valley (also named Azawagh, Azaouagh) — a dry basin, mainly made up of Sahelian and Saharan flatlands, covering northwestern Niger and parts of northeastern Mali and southern Algeria. The human population of the Azawak Valley is predominantly Tuareg and Arab, with Bouzou, Wodaabe, Hausa and Zarma minorities.

The Azawak is reported as being located within:
Burkina Faso - throughout the country
Niger - west coast
Nigeria - in the west and northwest (Kwara State, Sokoto State, Kano)
Mali - eastern border, Ménaka Cercle (cercle = literally ‘circle’; a subdivision of a region)

• The breed name ‘Azawak’ is from the Tuareg (Tamajak) language.
• (Bambara) Tagama = marcher
• Damergou is a region within Niger.

You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria and read about other Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria cattle breeds.

The Cow Wall® A-Z Cattle Breed Picture Reference to see other breeds of cattle in the world.