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

WIK, UU

Desciption

  • 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

RL, WIK, AWC

Adaption

  • 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


UU, RL

Why is the Saola endangered?

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


AWC, RL

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


SS, RL

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Works Cited

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

Web. Apr.-May 2012.

<http://www.ultimateungulate.com/artiodactyla/Pseudoryx_nghetinhensisFull.html

>.


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

2012. <http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/18597/0>.


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

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saola>.


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

Cattle Specialist Group. Web. 27 Apr. 2012.

<http://www.asianwildcattle.org/species.saola.status.php>.


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

<http://www.savethesaola.org/about/4560926004>.