Kouprey, grey ox
Critically Endangered (A2d C1+2a(i)); CITES Appendix I
Height: up to 2m at the shoulder
Weight: average 900kg
Population and Distribution
The only significant scientific observation of the Kouprey was made in 1957 when zoologist Charles Wharton studied and filmed the animal in the wild. Since that time, however, there have been few verified sightings of the animal. IUCN believes it likely that the kouprey is now extinct, with at best under 50 mature individuals remaining. This number does not represent a viable population.
The wars in Indochina contributed to the decimation of the Kouprey population. Evidence of human disturbance including logging and agricultural development is also widespread in its habitats.
However, hunting, especially for subsistence and for trade (horns and skulls) has been the major contribution to the downfall of this species. Sadly, the only confirmed sighting of a kouprey in recent years has been the skull and horns offered for sale in local markets - at very high prices.
What is WWF doing?
It also works to curb illegal wildlife trade by increasing controls, improving regulations and raising awareness.