Global Status

The Saola is classed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red Listthe global population is estimated to be fewer than 100.

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The Saola was discovered by science in 1992 and there remains no confirmed wild sighting by a biologist.  

Much of what is known about Saola comes from local people, a few animals once held in captivity, and a handful of camera trap photos - it is one of the the world's least-known large mammals. 

The Saola is endemic to the tropical evergreen forests of the Annamite Mountains in Lao PDR and Vietnam.

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It is found nowhere else on earth.

There are no Saola in captivity, anywhere.

Preventing extinction requires establishing a captive breeding population.

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