TAMARAW (Bubalus Mindorensis) is an important part of the natural heritage of Occidental Mindoro and a biological resource that has historical, educational, ecological and scientific value it should be treasured by the people of Occidental Mindoro.
The Tamaraw looks a lot like the common carabao, although smaller. The mature Tamaraw stands only about three feet high at the shoulder and weighs 300 kilograms. Besides its size, the Tamaraw has several physical characteristics that distinguish it from its bigger cousin.
The Tamaraw has smaller V-shaped horns unlike the carabao's which are large and C-shaped. The Tamaraw also has denser hair that varies from dark brown to grayish black in color. Also, the Tamaraw is a wild and fierce animal very unlike the domesticated carabao. If concerned or disturbed in its natural habitat, the Tamaraw will attack and pursue the intruder relentlessly. The indigenous Mangyan of Mindoro rightly respect the Tamaraw and keep their distance from it.