Who am I?
Where am I? ONLY in the Annamite Mnts. of Vietnam and laos
The Annamite Mountains is a range of mountains in Indochina, which extends through Vietnam, Laos, and a small area through North East Cambodia. The mountains are a tropical, moist, broadleaf, forest ecoregion.
The Saola is most commonly found in dense, evergreen forests that are moist and have a good source of running water
When this animal was discovered it was the first large mammal to be discovered in 50 yrs. It then went unseen for 15 straight years.
Saola uses all forest levels in differing seasons, even entering secondary lowland forests
I am a herbavore and my preditors are humans, tigers, and alligators
The only known vocalization is a soft, monotone bleat, around one second in duration. (imagine the noise a fawn makes)
saola in the wild
Saola in captivity
While relatively placid with people, dogs provoke a strong defensive reaction in this species: when faced with dogs, saola will turn to face the threat, arch the back by bringing all feet together and bow the head such that the tips of the horns point at the dogs
saola in the wild
guesstamation of my population..few hundred to a few dozen
My saftey status- I am one of the most rare mamals there is
It is critically endangered because of habitation loss. Habitation loss pushes them into the same small area of forest they have left. That makes it easy for hunters to hunt them. Hunters are the other contribution to their population loss.
What is being done about my saftey?
Vietnams government forest protection department and WWF focuses there conservation efforts for Saola's on strengthening & establishing protected areas. They tend the same for research, community based forest mangment, & strengthening law enforcement.
What would Daniella do to help me?
What can you do to help me?
Spread the word: Flyers, videos (youtube, video chat), friends, family, school, posters, billboards, facebook, myspace, any internet etc.
Adopt: call WWF for more information of how you can adopt me .1 (800) 225 5993
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