The IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group has over 50 experts with a diverse range of expertise and experience in the following wild cattle and buffalo range states: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

Working Groups

The Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group comprises of seven Working Groups:

Dwarf Buffalo Working Group

Species: Lowland Anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), Mountain Anoa (Bubalus quarlesi) and Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis)
Coordinator: James Burton

Large Bovini Working Group

Species: Banteng (Bos javanicus), Gaur (Bos gaurus), Kouprey (Bos sauveli), Yak (Bos mutus), and Water Buffalo (Bubalus arnee)
CoordinatorSimon Hedges

Species Coordinators

Banteng (Bos javanicus): Penny Gardner

Yak (Bos mutus): Paul Buzzard

Saola Working Group

Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

CoordinatorBill Robichaud

Action Planning Working Group

  • To ensure prioritisation of conservation efforts to deliver the greatest benefit for Asian Wild Cattle and Buffaloes and their habitats.
  • To work with range states to facilitate the planning process.

CoordinatorJames Burton

Ecology, Habitat & Population Monitoring Working Group

  • To provide input to design, training and implementation of population status monitoring, to provide high quality data for conservation managers.
  • To engage in species ecology and habitat surveys, to provide high quality data for conservation managers

Coordinator: To Be Confirmed

Population Structure and Taxonomy Working Group (Genetics and Morphology)

  • To advance genetic/ morphological research and answer important taxonomic and population structure questions to benefit conservation efforts.
  • To ensure that benefits, including capacity building, are gained for range countries collaborating on large scale international projects.

Coordinator: To Be Confirmed

Captive Breeding Working Group

  • To engage and coordinate collaboration between zoos internationally and in range countries to share best practise methods and enhance ex situ conservation.
  • To build strong links between ex situ institutions and in situ projects.

CoordinatorTerry Hornsey

The following members can be contacted regarding the status of Asian wild cattle species in the context of the IUCN Red List:

James Burton, Paul Buzzard, William Duckworth,  Penny Gardner, Tom Gray, Simon Hedges, Rahul Kaul, Erik Meijaard, Bill Robichaud, Rob Steinmetz, and Rob Timmins’. We are also grateful to many others that contribute to these assessments, including Rodel Boyles, Joel Berger, Rich Harris, Josie de Leon, Barney Long, RajendraMishra, Haris Mustari, William Oliver, Bivash Pandav,  Kishor Rithie, K. Sankar, Emmanuel Schutz, Phil Wheeler, Christy Williams.