Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species 22 – The Saola aka the Asian Unicorn

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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Description
Endemic to the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam,  the enigmatic saola was only discovered in 1992.   A team made up of workers and scientists from the Ministry of Forestry of Vietnam and the WWF came across a skull,  complete with horns,  in the home of a hunter in north-central Vietnam.   No new large mammals had been scientifically described since the Kouprey (Bos sauveli) in 1937,  making this one of the most exciting zoological finds of the century.

Also known as the Asian unicorn,  it is one of the world’s rarest mammals.  Looking remarkably like an antelope;  in reality,  the saola is a member of the Bovidae family.   With its chestnut coat,  white facial markings,  various body markings and unusual horns (possibly used for protection against predators),  it is a very singular animal,  and difficult to confuse with any other.  The two sharp-tipped long straight horns…

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