No known L1 speakers. Ethnic population: 20,700 (2000 CAPRO). 20,000 Zakshi (1995 CAPRO), 1,000 Boto (Gunn 1953).
Bauchi State, Toro, Dass, and Tafawa Balewa LGAs.
Boto (Bibot, Boot), Zakshi (Zaksa), Zari (Kopti, Kwapm). Dialect cluster within Barawa cluster (Crozier and Blench 1992).
Hausa [hau] is rapidly replacing the indigenous languages. (Shimizu 1978). Muslim.