Save the Asian Unicorn from Extinction

Target: Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang

Goal: Ensure the Vietnamese government enforces protection measures for the extremely rare Asian unicorn.

The saola, or Asian unicorn, lives in the mountain forests of Vietnam near the Laos border. Although it was only discovered 20 years ago, it is already facing the threat of extinction. Conservationists warn there could be only 200 of the rare species left, or possibly only a few dozen.

The saola has earned the moniker of unicorn because of its long conical horns, even though it has two. Also contributing to the name is its elusiveness. The species was only discovered through skulls of the animal in local villages. It is very rare to actually observe a saola in the wild, so rare, in fact, it would be like seeing a unicorn. The saola was the first large mammal to be discovered since the 1930s, which reinforces the necessity of protecting this animal. If we are still discovering large animals, there could be others out there. We must protect the entire ecosystem to ensure species known, and unknown, are allowed to thrive.

Because the saola are so elusive, they are hard to protect. In captivity they quickly die, making it difficult to study them or breed the population. The Saola Natural Reserve was created to protect these animals however, poaching remains common. The saola are not treasured by poachers, but other animals in the saola’s habitat, like tigers, are killed for their value in the wild meat trade. The saola are often killed as bycatch in snares meant for the prized animals.

Conservationists are encouraged that the saola themselves are not a direct target of poachers, indicating that there is hope for saving the species. However, action must be taken to protect this animal before it is too late. The Vietnamese government must crack down on illegal poaching in the Saola Natural Reserve and punish those who break the law. By signing this petition you are asking the Vietnamese government to protect the remaining rare saola.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Minister Nguyen Minh Quang,

The saola, or Asian unicorn, is facing the threat of extinction. Although the saola was only discovered 20 years ago, there could be as few as a few dozen left in the wild, according to conservationists. The saola is not only unicorn-like in its appearance, with long circular horns, but also in its elusiveness and rarity. Because the saola are rarely seen in the wild, they are difficult to protect. However, we must ensure they survive for the sake of the entire ecosystem.

Saola quickly die in captivity, making them extremely hard to study or breed. Therefore, they must be protected in the wild. The Saola Natural Reserve was created to protect these animals. However, poaching remains common in the reserve. The saola are not treasured by poachers, but other animals in the saola’s habitat, like tigers, are killed for their value in the wild meat trade. The saola are often killed as bycatch in snares meant for the prized animals.

Please take action to protect the saola before it is too late. Enforce poaching laws in the Saola Natural Reserve and punish those who break the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. I see two horns; anyway, just save it

    • Danika Garcia Danika Garcia says:

      Yes, it has two horns. Please see the text for an explanation of why the saola has been dubbed a unicorn.

  2. Yvonne Taylor says:

    Signed and shared on FB

  3. Petra Bonello says:

    anything rare should be protected

  4. Not protecting a critically endangered species won’t serve Vietnam.

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