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Banteng

We are currently home to a small bachelor herd of banteng. 

Breeding Programme Category:

Our banteng are managed by the European Endangered Species programme.

Location in the Zoo:

Our banteng can be found in the paddock just North of the Mansion House.

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Status

Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Endangered

For more info on classifications visit www.iucnredist.org

Size

Relative to 6ft (2m) man Relative to 6ft (2m) man

Population

5000
to8000
IUCN June 2008

Habitat

  • Grasslands

    Grasslands

Diet

Herbivore Herbivore
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In The Wild

The banteng (Bos javanicus javanicus) is also known as the tembadau and is a species of wild cattle found in southeast Asia; They are social creatures that spend most of their time in herds of between 2 and 40 individuals, usually led by an older cow and a single mature male. Other males live either alone or in bachelor groups. This single male of the group breeds with all the females which means that competition for dominance is fierce. Usually a single calf is born after a 285 day gestation, they are then weaned at between six to nine months old.

They are found throughout south east Asia including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. They prefer to live in dry deciduous forests, feeding in open clearings.

The banteng suffer from hunting and habitat loss, also a number of populations have been domesticated and mating between domestic and feral cattle has lowered the gene pool.

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