This large Asian antelope gets its name from the Hindi word “Nilgaw” which means “blue cow”, a reference to the male’s grey coat. This ruminant eats mainly grass and leaves, but also flowers and fruit. It also grazes in growing crops where it can do a lot of damage. In some regions, the situation is bad enough for it to be considered an agricultural pest.
At La Barben zoo, the nilgai live in the large Asian plain enclosure, together with the blackbuck and the fallow deer.