18 Apr '11, 3pm

Reserve to Save Asian ‘Unicorn’ Established in Central Vietnam

18 Apr 2011: Reserve for Asian ‘Unicorn’ Established in Central Vietnam The government of Vietnam has created a 39,000-acre reserve to protect the elusive saola , a critically endangered two-horned antelope-like mammal known locally as the “Asian unicorn.” The saola, or AP/WWF A saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis , which is described as a primitive member of the bovine family, was first discovered by the outside world during a survey of the forests of north-central Vietnam in 1992. While wildlife experts say it is unclear how many saolas still exist, there are likely no more than a few hundred left in the face of threats from local hunters and poachers seeking their horns. “If no reserve activities are launched now, the danger of the saolas’ extinction is clear,” said Pham Thanh Lam, director of the Forest Bureau in Vietnam’s Quang Nam province. The new reserve is located in th...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/reserve_to_save_asian_unicorn...

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