Banteng are a species of wild cattle found in South East Asia whose numbers in the wild have declined by as much as 95% since the 1960s.

It's estimated that there could be as few as 5000 banteng left in the wild, with their numbers in decline due to hunting for the trade in their horns and also a loss of their forest habitat.

Banteng play a key role in circulating nutrients through ecosystems, dispersing seeds and maintaining food chains. They are also a critical food source for many carnivore species, including tigers and leopards.

Since arriving at the zoo in 2013 the herd have had three calves born, the most recent being Tembadau who was born in July 2014.

Our banteng can be discovered on Bali island as you explore Islands at Chester Zoo

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Interesting facts

Where they live Bali and Java, South East Asia
Habitat Sparse forests in rural areas
Size Up to 1.7m tall
Weight up to 800kg
Threats Hunting and habitat loss.

Species Information

Scientific name Bos javanicus
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Genus Bos
IUCN status Endangered
Roles in the zoo

Research (ex situ): This species is part of applied research that leads to evidence-based decisions regarding in-zoo management.

Visitor experience

Exhibit Enhancement: This species connects visitors with the geographic areas that they originate from and helps develop further understanding of the environmental issues facing the species in those regions.

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