The SAOLA (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) - Recently Discovered, Already Threatened
Location: Indochina, in Southeast Asia
With its unusually long horns and white markings on the face, the saola is a strong symbol for biodiversity in Lao and Vietnam. Discovered in May 1992, during a joint survey carried out by the Ministry of Forestry of Vietnam and WWF in north-central Vietnam, the species remains almost as elusive today as it was more than a decade ago.
Despite the little information available on the saola, there is no doubt that its existence is severely threatened. Since its discovery, it is believed to have rapidly declined in the face of ever-growing hunting pressure. The actual size of the remaining population is unknown and its rarity, distinctiveness and vulnerability make it one of the greatest priorities for conservation in the region. The current population is thought to be a few hundred at maximum and possibly only a few dozen at a minimum. None have survived in captivity…
(read more: WWF)