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North of Mali (next to Diema, in the Kayes area).

Driving from Tangier and Mauritania, we met in the north of Mali our first zebus herds, succeeding to the dromedaries herds.

Zebu is from the Nepalese "zeba" that means "hump". It comes fom the indian aurochs and went in Africa about 4000 years ago, by Egypt.
These species have well adapted to the arid climate of Sahelian areas, from Senegal to Sudan.
The zebu is first bred for the milk ; the meat and the skin are also appreciated resources.

The herds are often driven by Peuls people who are nomad or semi-nomad.
This ethnic group of Wesern Africa is present in 15 countries and have mixed with others groups.
They move a lot, as the herds have to.

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