The Critically Endangered Saola

Researched by Breanna Dunavan

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DISCOVERED

  • The Saola was discovered May 1992.
  • The Saola was the first large animal new to science in 50 years.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SAOLA

  • Height: An average of 83 centimeters.
  • Weight: 176 - 220 pounds
  • The Saola is part of the Antelope species.
  • It has long pointed horns that can grow up to 50 centimeters.
  • The Saola can be brown, black, or red.
  • It is nicknamed an Asian Unicorn.

HABITAT

  • It lives in Vietnam and Laos.
  • The Saola lives in evergreen forests with little or no dry season.

WHAT THE SAOLA EATS

  • It eats leaves on fig trees and bushes near the riverbank.
  • The Saola does not eat meat. It is a herbivore.
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POPULATION

  • The population of the Saola is unknown.

ENDANGERED

  • People keep cutting down trees to build houses and roads, but that destroys the Saola's home.
  • Hunters accidentally kill Saolas when they set snares for wild boars.

FUN FACTS

  • The Saola is cousin of cattle.
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RESOURCES

Saola. World Wild Life. Retrieved from http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/saola