The IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (AWCSG) was established in the early 1980s with the goal to conserve Asia's nine wild cattle species — Anoa, Banteng, Gaur, Kouprey, Saola, Tamaraw, Water buffalo, and Yak — and their habitats.


To promote the long-term conservation of the Asian wild cattle species and their habitats by means of information-sharing, identification of conservation priorities and facilitation/delivery of these priority actions through collaborative conservation work.


  • To compile and synthesize information on the conservation status of all Asian wild cattle species across their range, with particular emphasis on species which are threatened;
  • To develop or update conservation strategies (including education and research priorities) working with range state government agencies, NGOs, IUCN, and CITES;
  • To act as the IUCN Red List Authority for the wild cattle species;
  • To build capacity through the exchange of information and technical expertise both within and outside the group.