TAMA­RAW

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The tama­raw, also known as the Min­doro dwarf buf­falo (Bubalus min­doren­sis), is the Philip­pines’ largest en­demic mam­mal. The wa­ter buf­falo can be found only in a cer­tain area of the Mount Iglit-baco Na­tional Park in Min­doro, ac­cord­ing to a 2018 Xin­hua ar­ti­cle. Pop­u­la­tion for the species be­gan to dwin­dle in 2011 be­cause of the high de­mand for its meat and in­suf­fi­cient re­sources for its con­ser­va­tion, re­ported Kris­tine L. Alave in a 2011 ar­ti­cle in Philip­pine Daily In­quirer. While the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources re­vealed an in­crease in the species’ pop­u­la­tion just this year, the tama­raw con­tin­ues to stay on the IUCN’S Red List of Threat­ened Species.

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