Scientific name: Bos primigenius.
Length: Male approximately 2,4 m. Female smaller.
Height: Male approximately 1,8 m (Shoulder-height). Female approximately 1,5 m (Shoulder-height).
Weight: Male approximately 800 kg.
Food source: Plants like grass and herbs but also low shrubs.
Distribution: Found in Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
Status: Extinct, but the aurochs is the ancestor of our domestic cattle. The aurochs lived in Denmark from the end of the last ice age. It disappeared from Zealand and Funen 7,500-7,000 years ago and some thousand years later also from Jutland. The aurochs’ prevalence was strongly influenced by human activity and the clearance of semi-open forest. The aurochs survived in the Central European forests until the beginning of the 17th century, where the last specimen died in Poland.