Mystery in Vietnam

Stone, Richard
August 2008
Smithsonian;Aug2008, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p18
The article discusses the discovery of a previously unknown mammal, the saola, in the Pu Mat National Park in northwestern Vietnam. The saola, related to cattle, was discovered by ecologist Do Tuoc. The animal is nearing extinction, its habitat is disappearing, and it is being inadvertently killed by hunters, the article states. Topics include wire snares, wildlife protection in Vietnam and Laos, and estimates of how many saola exist in the wild. Also discussed are camera traps placed in forests in order to take pictures of the animal.


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