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Published on Apr 18, 2012
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. Since its discovery, it is believed to have rapidly declined in the face of ever-growing hunting pressure. Several groups are working together to save this Critically Endangered mammal.