Heterogeneous phenotype, reflecting the continual traditional cattle raids and counter raids among adjacent pastoral groups.
Maintained by the Samburu tribe of western Kenya south of Lake Turkana.
Descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia. The Samburu people are among the Nilo-Hamitic tribes that migrated during the 17th century into Kenya from the north and settled in western Kenya, south of Lake Turkana. As a result the cattle are similar to adjacent Kenyan zebu breeds other than the Boran, and hence they belong to the broad conventional group of Small East African Zebu.