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One of World's Rarest Mammals Spotted for First Time in 15 Years: PHOTO


The saola, a rare cousin of cattle that looks a bit like an antelope, has been spotted using a camera trap (above) set by the World Wildlife Foundation and the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department in the Central Annamite mountains of Vietnam, WWF reports:

2_saola“When our team first looked at the photos we couldn’t believe our eyes. Saola are the holy grail for South-east Asian conservationists so there was a lot of excitement,” said Dr. Van Ngoc Thinh, WWF-Vietnam’s Country Director. “This is a breath-taking discovery and renews hope for the recovery of the species.” ...

“In Vietnam, the last sighting of a saola in the wild was in 1998,” said Dang Dinh Nguyen, Deputy Head of Quang Nam Forest Protection Department and Director of Quang Nam’s Saola Nature Reserve. “This is an historic moment in Vietnam’s efforts to protect our extraordinary biodiversity, and provides powerful evidence of the effectiveness of conservation efforts in critical saola habitat.”

The saola was discovered in 1992. Little is known about its ecology and it is not known how many survive because it is so elusive, living in a remote wooded habitat on the Vietnam-Laos border.

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  1. Is this a magic eye picture?

    Posted by: bollox | Nov 13, 2013 12:17:08 PM

  2. How long before the Dallas Hunt Club raffles off a chance to kill one to raise money for its protection?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 13, 2013 12:28:22 PM

  3. Hijack! If you hate these terrible comments that undermine all efforts on this site, it's time to complain to Andy directly! If you want to help FIX THIS, please email/tweet/FB Andy and ask him to upgrade these comments. At the very least lets get a post that starts a discussion on it!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2013 1:11:37 PM

  4. What is that object tied around the animal's neck?

    Posted by: Robert | Nov 13, 2013 2:20:49 PM

  5. I'm such a nerd, but this is so exciting.

    Posted by: Thomas | Nov 13, 2013 4:21:49 PM


    Posted by: don't a tell la | Nov 13, 2013 8:25:57 PM

  7. This is one cool looking antelope...its horns!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 13, 2013 10:52:34 PM

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