In June 1993, John Mackinnon a British zoologist and head of the Asian Bureau for Conservation in Hong Kong described Pseudoryx nghetinhenis as bovid a new species cow, based on skulls and hides. The Hmong villagers called it Saola and believed it to have live in the Vũ Quang rain forest which bordered Laos and Vietnam. To this date no one has captured or seen one of these beasts.
- Saola – Wikipedia
The saola, siola, Vu Quang ox, spindlehorn, or Asian bicorn, also, infrequently, Vu Quang bovid (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), is one of the world’s rarest large mammals, a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite Range of Vietnam and Laos. Related to cattle, goats, and antelopes, the species was defined following a discovery of remains in 1992 in Vũ Quang Nature Reserve by a joint survey of the Vietnamese Ministry of Forestry and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
- Pseudoryx nghetinhensis
Assessment and conclusions are based in part on information exchanged among researchers at recent meetings of the Saola Working Group of the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (Saola Working Group 2009, 2013).
- Rediscovering the Saola – Panda – WWF
PDF FILE – Proceedings of the “Rediscovering the saola – a status review and …. Discovered to science in 1993
- Pseudoryx nghetinhensis – Saola
The saola is one of the most recently discovered large mammals, and its formal description elicited an incredible flurry of scientific interest due to its highly distinctive physical traits