80 Banteng Found in Cardamom Biodiversity Conservation Corridor

AKP Phnom Penh, September 12, 2019 —

A total of 80 banteng or Bos javanicus have been discovered in Phnom Pouy, the Cardamom Biodiversity Conservation Corridor or South Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve.

This good information was shared today on social media by H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment.

Currently, banteng or Bos javanicus is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. This animal looks similar to domestic cattle, up to 1.65 metre in height and a maximum of 800 kilogrammes in weight.

According to the IUCN, its population is between 4,000 to 8,000. The main threat faced by banteng is hunting for meat and horns. Its population has decreased dramatically in the last few decades. Diseases and parasites transmitted by domestic and feral livestock are also serious threats to its continued survival.

Cambodia is home to an estimated number of 2,700-5,700 banteng, which is the world’s largest banteng population.

By Khan Sophirom