THANK VIETNAMESE LEADERS FOR PROTECTING THE RARE SAOLA
Dear WWF Activist,
Vietnamese officials and citizens who took the first steps to protect
the critically endangered saola and urge them to continue their efforts
to ensure that this imperiled species survives.
Two Vietnamese provinces recently signed commitments to conserve the saola, a rare animal discovered just 15 years ago by a team of scientists from WWF and the Vietnamese Ministry of Forestry. Only 11 saola have ever been recorded alive by scientists and fewer than 250 are estimated to exist today.
the officials and citizens who have worked so hard to establish initial
protection measures for the saola and its threatened tropical forest
In partial fulfillment of the provinces’ commitments, two new reserves for the saola have been declared. The reserves are adjacent and connect to an area that was recently added to Bach Ma National Park. The benefits of these new protected areas will extend far beyond saola conservation.
They will also provide almost continuous protected area coverage from
the South China Sea to a protected area across the border in
The saola is threatened with extinction primarily due to hunting,
which remains common throughout its range. Its survival will require
the establishment of further reserves, the halting of illegal trapping,
the control of illegal wildlife trade, and support for local
communities in developing alternative livelihood options.
Urge Vietnamese officials to continue their critical efforts to ensure that the saola survives.
WWF is working closely with government officials on saola
conservation and has honored the Forest Protection departments of Thua
Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces, as well as Bach Ma National Park,
with a “Leaders for a Living Planet” award. Please forward this alert to family and friends to urge them to add their thanks.
Working together, we can ensure that our children inherit a world that is home to amazing creatures such as the saola.
Tran Minh Hien
WWF Vietnam Country Director