Name: Hamid Abdul Ahmad
Occupation: Academic and researcher
Institute/Affiliation: Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Director).
Research and work topics: My team studies the Bornean banteng. We have started in several small populations including collection of fecal samples (and other tissues) for DNA and camera trapping. The team consists of zoologists, molecular biologist and students. Our focus is to identify populations that maintain pure banteng blood and work out conservation practices to isolate them from the possibility of hybridisation. Some populations might have been in contact with domestic cattle in the past.Our aim is to ensure the perpetuity of this species in its wild state in Sabah. This, however, might require to establish a captive population with the support of the government.
Asian wild cattle species of expertise: Banteng
Asian wild cattle countries of expertise: Malaysia