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Banteng : The Horns of a Dilemma

Wild cattle don’t come much more beautiful or impressive than the banteng (Bos javanicus), one of three (or is it two?) surviving cattle species that are as much a part of wild Asia as are the tiger or the orang-utan. Like the tiger and the orang-utan, the banteng has not done very well in the face of human pressure, but it has one thing those animals don’t: a large population – its largest, in fact – living wild in a country that was never part of its natural range.

So what does it mean for conservation when an endangered animal’s safest and most successful home is a place Nature never put it …?

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Photos and film and lots of further info on not just the banteng, but also the gaur (Bos gaurus) and the kind of tragic kouprey (Bos sauveli) await in the shownotes…

Steller’s Sea Cow : Steller’s Menagerie Part Two

This is the business end of the two part story of Georg Steller, Vitus Bering and Steller’s Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) – shipwreck, death, survival, extinction and a lost world of astounding widllife. The Great Northern Expedition is coming to its dramatic end, and not everyone – or everything – is getting out alive.

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A wealth of images and further info awaits in the shownotes below …

Steller’s Sea Cow : Steller’s Menagerie Part One

Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was one of the most surprising, dramatic and generally amazing animals to have shared the world with modern humans. To tell its story is going to take two episodes – and this first of them, to be honest, doesn’t even feature the sea cow itself. Partly that’s because we have to talk about some of those modern humans too. Specifically, Vitus Bering and Georg Steller. Two men who would share with that gigantic creature an extraordinary tale of exploration, survival, death and extinction. Oh, and there’s a load of other amazing wildlife involved as well …

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Come back in a couple of weeks for Part Two, but in the meantime read on for shownotes, photos, video and the like …