Satellite-tracking, population dynamics, ecology and conservation of the Bornean banteng (Bos javanicus lowi) in Sabah, Malaysia


The purpose of this research is to collect baseline data on B. j. lowi ecology and to gain a better understanding of their conservation status. We propose to study the population in two forest reserves, Malua Forest Reserve and Tabin Wildlife Reserve, by using a multidisciplinary approach of satellite telemetry, molecular analysis and remote camera traps. The main objectives of the project are: 1: Estimate population size and demography; 2: Evaluate home range, movement and habitat use; 3: Assess diversity of population genetics and reproductive dynamics; 4: Test capture techniques of wild non-habituated banteng; 5: Evaluate population sustainability and integrity for future conservation management. Funding is provided by Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Houston Zoo (full scholarship for PhD student Penny Gardner), the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, and Woodland Park Zoo.


Principal Investigators & Institution/Organization involved


  • Dr Benoit Goossens (PI), Director Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University
  • Penny Claire Gardner (PhD student), Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University
  • Dr Laurentius Ambu (co-PI), Director Sabah Wildlife Department
  • Dr Senthilvel Nathan, Chief Wildlife Veterinarian Sabah Wildlife Department
  • Dr Marc Ancrenaz (collaborator), Director NGO HUTAN, Sabah