SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bos javanicus
HABITAT: Once widely distributed, historically ranging from southern China and northeast India throughout the mainland of southeast Asia, through Malaysia to the islands of Borneo, Java, and probably Bali. Today only seven populations with more than 50 banteng remain in the wild, primarily in wildlife refuges and sanctuaries; four in Java, two in Thailand, and possibly one in Cambodia. There is also a large non-native population in northern Australia.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered
FUN FACT: Banteng are social herd animals. Herds can contain two to forty individuals. The herd is usually led by an adult cow and a single mature bull.
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