Asian Unicorn: New Protected Area Reserve For Saola In Vietnam

By on Apr 16, 2011 in Animals, Asia, Science, World Comments
Asian Unicorn Saola
Asian Unicorn/Saola
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Saola, sometimes known as the Asian unicorn is one of the most rarest and most mysterious animal that mostly inhabit in a mountainous region in Vietnam, according to reports.

It is a small horned animal that has a resemblance of a goat and an antelope which is more closely related to a kind of wild cow, reports said.

“It’s a very beautiful forest ungulate, and really looks like nothing else in Asia,” said Barney Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Researchers said that a few dozen to a few hundred of the so called Asian unicorn exist on Earth. Their population is declining because of hunting with traps and dogs that makes them on the Red List of Threatened Species.

World Wildlife Fund said in a report that a new protected area will be set up for saola which will be along the border of Vietnam and Laos.

The Saola Natural Reserve will cover an area that is about three times the size of Manhattan.

“This new reserve will create a biodiversity corridor connecting the East of Vietnam to West side of Xe Sap National Park in Laos,” said Tran Minh Hien, Country Director of WWF Vietnam.

Saola has actually two horns, “but it is a cylindrical horn and pretty straight and it’s so rare to see that it would almost be like seeing a unicorn if you look at it from the side, it looks a bit like it has one horn,” said Barney Long.



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