Bos javanicus

The likely ancestor of domesticated cattle across southeast Asia, these charismatic beasts were once widespread across Borneo but are now confined to a few reserves around Sabah. They roam around open, dry forests where they have a lot of space and grass to feed on.



This group of Banteng was captured by our camera trap in our project area

Unfortunately, Banteng are still hunted for their horns and meat, and their habitat is being rapidly destroyed throughdeforestation. As a result, they often encounter human settlements, which increases their exposure to parasites from domestic cattle and other livestock.

Population in Sabah: according to DGFC  >500 individuals, severely fragmented population in Sarawak: likely extinct ; in Kalimantan: likely to go extinct.;

Global population according to IUCN Redlist for all three subspecies: 4,000-8,000 mature individuals (decreasing)

A state-wide survey by Danau Girang Field Centre estimated at least 52 individuals in Tabin (2011-2016). Kulamba has according to recent oral reports after helicopter  overflights potentially more than 100 individuals (2017).  Reunited the Tabin-Kulamba population could be considered as  the most important population in Borneo and as essential for the survival of the Borneo banteng.

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