Following forest guards in Vietnam on a mission to save the Saola.

30 September 2013 | News story

 A week in the life of a forest patrol guard, fighting illegal hunting in the Saola Nature Reserves.

The biggest threat to the Critically Endangered Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), an endemic species to Laos and Vietnam, is hunting, as Saolas get caught as by-catch of snares set by local people for other animals.

Under this SOS-funded project, locally employed forest guards, who have undertaken intensive training with WWF, conduct regular patrols inside the Saola Nature Reserves in Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces, where hunting is illegal. They focus on removing snares and dismantling camps used by poachers, also intercepting illegal hunters and loggers when possible.

Follow a patrol on its mission through this photographic report!  

 

WWF Vietnam, Saola, Vu Quang Ox, 12A-33-11
4 to 5 months old Saola female
WWF, Vietnam
Forest Guards patrolling a Saola Nature Reserve
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