The World Wildlife Fund for Nature Vietnam, in cooperation with central provinces, has launched a project to protect saola and other endemic hoofed mammals in the Truong Son Range. The project is expected to run until 2012 to protect the saola population in southern Thua Thien-Hue and northern Quang Nam provinces. Funding has been provided by the UK ’s Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species. Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) live in remote valleys of the Truong Son Range along the border between Vietnam and Laos. Saola, along with two species of small deer, are incredibly species that were discovered by scientists in the 1990’s. Currently, they are listed on the IUCN Red List as “critically endangered”, meaning the species faces an extremely high risk of extinction. The project will work to strengthen capacity at leading colleges in the region. It will also influence on-the-ground community and government forest-management systems through cooperative efforts with WWF Vietnam, the Durrel Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent, the Agriculture Ministry’s Forest Protection Department (FPD), Vinh University and Hue University. The project will improve capacity and curriculum at Vinh University so that graduates will have the necessary skills to engage… Read full this story
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