The Saola.

The elusive Vu Quang Ox's numbers are dwindling.

Diet and Habitat

  • Herbivore
  • Tiny diet
  • Grazer
  • Eats leaves, such as figs and from riverside bushes
  • Separates fleshy leaf from stem from large veins and stem
  • Picky
  • Predators include the Tasmanian wolf and tigers

  • Vietnam and Laos
  • Annamite Mountains
  • No dry season in Annamites - rain mostly
  • Summer migration-closer to summit
  • Migration due to water closer to summits
  • Moderately steep hills
  • Forests
  • Evergreen canopies
  • Tropical climate



  • Mammal
  • Brown fur
  • No official size estimate
  • Estimated at 85cm high, 150cm long. 90kg.
  • Chemical communication with large snout and pungent secretion
  • Unusually long horn
  • Most die in captivity



  • Thickened skin
  • Sharp horns 35-50cm long
  • Assume defensive stance when threatened
  • Consume food with unusually long tongue ideal for separating leaves
  • Independent, which may lead to lower reproduction


Why is the Saola endangered?

  • Hunting
  • Lower reproduction rates
  • Woodcutting and logging
  • Construction in Annamite Mountains
  • Difficult to maintain in captivity
  • Human population growth


Helping the Saola

  • Protected area proposed in Quang Nam
  • Hunting patrolling increased
  • More conservation centers proposed

Why should we protect the Saola?

  • One of the most threatened species
  • Very few conservation efforts
  • Weak conservation efforts
  • Large part of Vietnamese ecosystem


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Works Cited

Huffman, Brent. "Saola (Pseudoryx Nghetinhensis)." Ultimate Ungulate. 28 Apr. 2011.

Web. Apr.-May 2012.



Do Tuoc & Mallon, D.P. "Pseudoryx Nghetinhensis." IUCN Redlist. 2008. Web. 27 Apr.

2012. <>.

"Saola." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Mar. 2007. Web. 27 Apr. 2012.


Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group. "Saola (Pseudoryx Nghetinhensis)." Asian Wild

Cattle Specialist Group. Web. 27 Apr. 2012.


"About." Save the Saola. Web. 27 Apr.2012