The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has approved a project to preserve saola and other indigenous bovines.
The Chief of the provincial’s People’s Committee, Phan Ngoc Tho, said on February 23 that the US$72,495 project is sponsored by Cambridge University and Darwin Organisation through the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The Saola, a type of antelope, is a new species discovered to exist only in Vietnam in 1992 and may be one of the rarest mammals on the planet.
The project is being carried out by Thua Thien-Hue’s forest rangers force over a period of 33 months in Saola preservation zone and Bach Ma National Park. It includes planning, conducting research, managing forest and preservation zones to better protect this scarce species and raising public awareness.