A saola, a mammal so rare that it is called the “Asian Unicorn”, was caught on film in September.
The picture of the saola came from a camera trap, a camera with an infrared scanner, that was located in a nature reserve in Vietnam. This is the first time that a saola has been photographed in the wild in Vietnam since 1998. Barney Long, the director of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Species Conservation Program, estimates that there are anywhere from a few dozen to a hundred of the rare mammals left. The saola was only discovered 21 years ago and is native to the Annamite mountain range, reports ABC News.
“When our team first looked at the photos we couldn’t believe our eyes,” Van Ngoc Thinh, the director for Vietnam’s WWF, told National Geographic. “Saola are the holy grail for south-east Asian conservationists so there was a lot of excitement.”