Conservation value of non-native banteng in northern Australia

Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Yuji Isagi, Shingo Kaneko, David M.J.S. Bowman, Barry W. Brook

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Abstract

The global species extinction crisis has provided the impetus for elaborate translocation, captive breeding, and cloning programs, but more extreme actions may be necessary. We used mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome, and nuclear lactoferrin-encoding gene sequencing to identify a wild population of a pure-strain endangered bovid (Bos javanicus) introduced into northern Australia over 150 years ago. This places the Australian population in a different conservation category relative to its domesticated conspecific in Indonesia (i.e., Bali cattle) that has varying degrees of introgression from other domesticated Bos spp. The success of this endangered non-native species demonstrates that although risky, the deliberate introduction of threatened exotic species into non-native habitat may provide, under some circumstances, a biologically feasible option for conserving large herbivores otherwise imperiled in their native range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1306-1311
Number of pages6
JournalConservation Biology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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