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Authorities look to save Sao la

Update: February, 14/2012 - 10:22

HA NOI — Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue have started to build two conservation stations in forests inhabited by the Sao la (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), one of the world's rarest mammals, in A Luoi District.

The construction, part of the "Annamites Carbon Sinks and Biodiversity" project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through World Wild Fund, is aimed at protecting the Tay Sao la and A Tep nature reserves which are home to the Sao la.

Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Truong Luu said the stations would act as bases for officials and rangers who worked in the reserves.

They are expected to improve conservation capacity and recover forest diversification in the province.

Localities in the project area have been actively implementing conservation measures, such as preventing hunting and community-based forest management.

The Sao la is a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite ranges of Viet Nam and Laos. It is reported that there are about 200 living in the mountains and forests of central Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam provinces. — VNS

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