Saola Tributes

Tributes to Saola from our wonderful supporters and members of our team. Get in touch via the Contact Form if you want to send us a contribution.   

Fargliuns lontans
Long distance siblings
by Corina Cathomen, 2022

in Rätoromanisch (Swiss National language)

 
 

I wrote this poem a while ago........... I wrote it in my native language, Rätoromanisch, which is an endangered language that I am trying to save by teaching and passing it on. It talks about far away sibblings (Fargliuns lontans) .... Saola & Capricorn.

 

The image, I took of a capricorn in July 2018 on an overnight hike to a mountain hut.

- Corina Cathomen

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Fargliuns lontans
Long distance siblings
by Corina Cathomen, 2022

in Rätoromanisch (Swiss National language)

 
 
 

Cuolms, fastitgs, moviments

Semeglionts

E tuttina buca parents.

 

Mountains, tracks, movements

Similar

And yet not related.

 

Cornas liungas imposantas

Semegliontas

E tuttina variantas.

 

Horns, long & impressive

Similar

And yet different.

 

Egls bellezia e profunds

Semeglionts

E tuttina different oriunds.

 

Eyes, beautiful & profound

Similar

And yet different heritage.

 

Pass silenzius, zuppai

Semeglionts

E tuttina spert vargai.

 

Steps, silent & hidden

Similar

And yet fast disappearing.

 

Animal periclitau

Semeglionts

Capricorn gia salvau.

 

Species, endangered

Similar

Capricorn already saved.

 

Regals digl univers els ein

Sentupar els vegnan mai.

Salvar omisdus nus stuein.

 

Gifts of the Universe they are

Meet they never will.

Both we need to save.

 

Fargliuns lontans els ein

Saola e Capricorn

Omisdus nus admirein.

 

Long distance siblings they are

Saola & Capricorn

Both we do admire.

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Saola!

by Tony Hendricks

........Penned by a poet and friend of Bill Robichaud, a heartfelt ode to Saola. 

 

Published in Saola Tracks

30th Jan, 2021

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Saola!

by Tony Hendricks

Dappled muzzle, in dappled light,
Retiring, graceful gazelle,
Lonely last of your race,
To walk
The Annamite Range,
Of Vietnam and Laos;
Exhale softly
On nibbled leaves,
As each raised hoof
Hopes to evade
A thousand and one
Hidden snares;
Oh friend, we pray for you,
Even as we pray for ourselves.

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Difference

by Hardy Pleske

China once was reigned by Mao,

but now we have to turn to Lao.

 

In stadiums fans make la ola,

though we search for unique saola.

 

They have become so very rare

'cause poachers set up lots of snares.

 

In the north you find some trolls,

but we send rangers on patrols

 

to clean up all the big wide wood.

A lot of work to do by foot!

 

The earth was made by the almighty.

Saola roam round Annamite.

 

To catch some it is our dream!

Can we attract one with a bean?

 

We wish their species would be save

and once return to native place.

 

People have the strangest habits,

but not as strange as striped rabbits!

Difference, by Hardy Pleske

........I made a little poem and called it "Difference" as it is about making a difference but also it "uncovers" some.

 

All the best!

Hardy

31st Jan 2021

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Saola Shanty

by Lorraine Scotson

There is a beast that we cannot see

The most beautiful beast in world is she

She hides deep in the lands of the Annamites

And searching we must go

 

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know.

 

Years gone by since we saw her face

Yet stories and whispers all o'er the place

We need a team of the bravest kind

To go searching high and low

 

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know

We’ll build team so skilled and fine

They’ll search and search for all mankind

To find that beast so strange and rare

Oh, to the forest they’ll go.

 

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know

Rob and Olay will lead that team

They will not rest, no they will not dream

With cameras, and dogs and DNA

Oh, searching they will go

 

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know

We won't rest, we won't give in

Ours is a cause that we have to win

For those who believe that it’s far too late

This simply isn’t so.

 

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know

Soon may her fortune come

We will form a team and we’ll work as one

One day not far from now

We will find that Saola we know

Saola Shanty, by Lorraine Scotson, with music from Grace Vosen

........some light entertainment to distract our CEO from lock-down stir craziness in Scotland during the depths of winter.  Grace, Volunteer Content Editor, joins in! 

 

January 2021

Knitted Saola by Brent Huffman

Brent Huffman is a man of diverse talents – Lead Keeper of Mammals at Toronto Zoo, founder of the website Ultimate Ungulate (http://www.ultimateungulate.com/), and an accomplished knitter.  He’s also a passionate supporter of saola conservation, and he has made and donated to the Saola Foundation some remarkable knitted Saolas, to help raise support for our work.

 

An online silent auction in December 2020 raised more than $1,000 for Saola Conservation. 

Dec 2020

Knitted Saola

Knitted Saola by Brent Huffman. © Brent Huffman

Bill Robichaud with knitted Saola

Bill Robichaud with knitted Saola by Brent Huffman. © Brent Huffman

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2020 Holiday Card by Eric Losh

The Saola Foundation's first Holiday card was designed by Erish Losh (our Volunteer Illustrator), who has produced artwork of various kinds for some of the world's top wildlife conservation organizations. www.elosh.com 

December 2020