Photo: Captive female Saola, Lak Xao, Boikhamxay Province, Laos, 1996. By William Robichaud


(Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)



Critically Endangered

Population trend



Less than 750 individuals


Illegal hunting and habitat destruction

The saola is distributed in central and northern Vietnam and Laos. In Laos it is found in the Bolikhamxay, Khammouan, Savannakhet, Xekong, and Xieng Khouang provinces of the south. In Vietnam is located in the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua-Thien Hue, and Quang Nam.

The main threat for their survival is hunting, the accidental capture in traps destined for other animals, and illegal trade due to the use of their horns as an ornament.

It is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Unfortunately, very little information is available for this species. Research efforts are required for an efficient conservation plan to protect and conserve this species. In Laos and Vietnam its hunting, capture, or trade is forbidden.

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