Editor’s note: Recently Darol Dickinson and Maureen Neidhardt exchanged some information on Facebook about the history of the WWA and Watusi cattle. We are reposting this here to share with others interested in Watusi Cattle.
Darol: In the early days of WWA everyone was encouraged to do the Watusi breed up program, mostly with Watusi bulls bred to Texas Longhorn cows. People raised half Watusi, then 3/4, then on up to a high percent Watusi. This created the greatest boom in the Watusi industry. In 1979 when we bought 15 Watusi from Rare Animal Survival Center in Ocala, FL, it was thought there were less than 50 original bloodline Watusi in North America. Many of these were owned by zoos. Nelson Rockefeller and I both bought cattle from RASC about the same time. He got 3 cows and a bull. The rest were in zoos.
Tribesmen in Africa have a close relationship with their cattle.
The number of head and the quality of the animals defines social status in the tribe. Herdsman spend a large percentage of their time with their livestock.
The World Watusi Association receives forwarded photographs from time to time from various members. We will be posting a variety of those received that reflect the background in Africa of the Watusi Ankole cattle. We do want to extend a special thank you to the hard work in collecting and forwarding these great items to all that send them in. We have a particular thank you for Rodney Barnhart, Alex Geremia and Darol Dickinson for their contributions.
The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.