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Encounters on the frontier: Banteng in Australia's Northern Territory

By V. deKoninck

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This paper considers the case of an introduced species that resides in what is now a jointly managed national park in the north of tropical Australia. Banteng ( Bos javanicus) are a peculiar feral nonhuman animal in that they constitute a potential environmental threat within the domestic conservation goals of the park, but they also hold the prospect of being a major genetic resource in the international conservation of the species. Thus, perspectives on the use and management of these animals are varied between different actors in the park landscape, and are subject to fluctuations over time, especially in response to wider social and political circumstances. This paper argues that seemingly objective views of these animals are actually a series of subjectivities, which have less to do with any concrete aspects of the animals themselves and more to do with the way that particular people orient themselves toward, and within, the landscape.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 26-41
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341317
Language English
Author Address University of California, Davis, California, USA.vdekoninck@gmail.com
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Australasia
  4. Australia
  5. Bovidae
  6. Cattle
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Conservation
  9. Countries
  10. Developed countries
  11. Domestic animals
  12. Endangered species
  13. Feral animals
  14. Genetics
  15. Introduced species
  16. Landscape
  17. Mammals
  18. national parks
  19. Northern Territory
  20. Oceania
  21. OECD countries
  22. peer-reviewed
  23. Ruminants
  24. ungulates
  25. vertebrates
  26. Wild animals
  27. wildlife conservation
  28. wildlife management
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