Banteng population drops due to poaching

The banteng, a type of wild cattle native to Cambodia, has seen its population drop by 90 percent since the 1960s as poaching, traffickers and the lose of habitat has decreased the number of animals living in the wild.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, in 2011 there were between 2,700 and 5,700 banteng living in the wild in Northern Cambodia. Previous estimates placed the number of bantengs at 5,900 to 11,000.

A black market trade in wildlife with China and Vietnam are believed to have played a part in the decline.

Source: Associated Press, “Group: Wild cattle species endangered in Cambodia,” Google News, September 19, 2011.