Many consider the carabao/karabao the unofficial animal of Guam. In fact, the carabao is such an important symbol on Guam that they were the subject of the recent “Carabaos on Vacation” campaign, introduced by the Guam Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Businesses and organizations all over Guam bought fiberglass carabao statues and painted them, placing them around the island.
Carabaos were brought to Guam from the Philippines to assist with farming during the Spanish occupation. They quickly became the quintessential animal of that era. Carabaos pulled carts and plowed fields. Today, many associate carabaos with the quieter days of Guam, when agriculture dominated the island.
Fast Fact: Much like deer, wild pigs, and feral pigs, Guam residents are allowed to domesticate carabaos and raise them as livestock. However, it’s illegal to hunt or kill feral carabaos.