Endangered Species Handbook

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Persecution and Hunting

Meat Hunting

Three Asian wild cattle are endangered from hunting, and one of these is on the verge of extinction. The Kouprey (Bos sauveli), discovered in 1937, is classified as Critical by the 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Native to open lowland forests of Southeast Asia in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, it is the size of a steer. Adult males weigh up to 1,980 pounds and stand 6 feet tall at the shoulder (Nowak 1999). Originally, the Kouprey's habitat consisted of low, rolling hills interrupted by patches of forest; it grazed in herds of up to 20 animals, covering some 15 kilometers a day in the open areas and entering the forest for shelter from the sun and refuge from predators (Nowak 1999).

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