|A gaur is seen in Rang Rang forest in Đồng Nai Culture and Nature Reserve. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn|Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI –– A gaur was found dead on Monday at the Đồng Nai Culture and Nature Reserve in Mã Đà Commune, Vĩnh Cửu District in the southern province of Đồng Nai.
Deputy head of the province’s Forest Protection Division Lê Việt Dũng confirmed the news on Monday evening.
He added that the dead gaur was a male, weighing about 700kg. It appeared to have died two or three days ago.
Forest rangers and police are examining the animal and the area in which it was found to identify the cause of death.
According to Đồng Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, there are five groups of gaurs living in the forests of the reserve; each group has a population of 40-50.
In 2006, two gaurs were found dead in the reserve.
The gaur is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It has been listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List since 1986. In 2006, the gaur was listed in Việt Nam’s Red List as a rare wildlife species, meaning any gaur hunting or trading activity was banned. –– VNS