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You may not have heard of a banteng, which is a species of wild cattle found only in Southeast Asia, but there’s a good reason for that – there is not much information that exists about them. The Borneo banteng, Bos javanicus lowi, is one of the rarer endangered large mammals in Sabah (Malaysia, Borneo) yet very little is known of their ecology or exact population size. Current estimates of the island’s population place the number of individuals at around 550 with a trend that is in decline.
The Houston Zoo is working with the Danau Girang Field Centre and Sabah Wildlife Department to do a field study on bantengs in order to capture baseline data on the demographics, population, genetic structure, and reproductive dynamics of this important animal. We hope to establish an overview of herd population dynamics, the movement of herds, and where they are distributed; assess the importance of mineral licks and water sources; and create a catalog of images and information through tracking collars and remote camera traps.
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