BOOK LAUNCH I PHOTO EXHIBITION: Beautiful Banteng…Iconic Rarity of Lowland Forests

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Forestry, and WWF Thailand, in collaboration with 9 other partner organisations, set to launch the book, “Beautiful Banteng…Iconic Rarity of Lowland Forests”, tomorrow at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). The book is a groundbreaking that delves into the world of the banteng, a prominent prey of wild tigers.

This comprehensive book combines findings from a joint population assessment and offers a detailed look at the banteng. With contributions from experts and researchers, the book provides valuable insights into the conservation and protection of this species.  

The banteng (Bos javanicus), a crucial species of wild cattle native to Southeast Asia, is currently under threat and is placed on the IUCN’s red list of endangered species. The banteng population is facing a severe decline due to hunting and habitat loss, resulting in the species becoming fragmented into smaller groups and their numbers diminishing rapidly. 

The book launch aims to provide information about banteng conservation and raise awareness about the importance of bantengs in the ecosystem. Efforts to protect and conserve the banteng population in Thailand are crucial to ensuring the long-term survival of this species and immediate action is required to safeguard and ensure its survival for future generations. 

On the same day, there will be a photo talk and forum to discuss the work behind the lens and critical issues concerning the species’ survival. A photo exhibition of the same name will also be opened tomorrow and it will run until April 7 to serve the same purposes.

Key stakeholders, researchers and conservationists passionate about preserving the banteng and its natural habitat will be attending tomorrow’s events. The collaboration between the DNP, the Forestry Faculty, WWF Thailand, and partner organisations demonstrates a shared commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of the banteng. 

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