Scientists are on the lookout for an ultra-rare ‘Asian unicorn.’


‘Will be enormous!’ Scientists race to find the ultra-rare ‘Asian unicorn.’

SCIENTISTS are racing to find an “Asian unicorn,” one of the world’s rarest creatures, in order to save the species from extinction.

The ultra-rare creature was discovered in 1992, making it the first large mammal discovered in over 50 years.

The saola, however, has never been discovered in the wild by a biologist.

And the creatures have only been captured on film a few times.

The first signs of the creatures were discovered during a wildlife survey in Vietnam in 1992.

In the V Quang nature reserve, biologist Do Tuoc came across two skulls and a pair of trophy horns belonging to an unknown animal.

The finds were later identified as saola.

One of the most spectacular zoological discoveries of the twentieth century, the discovery was hailed as one of the most spectacular zoological discoveries of the century.

However, commercial wildlife poaching is thought to have decimated the saola population.

The Saola Working Group (SWG) was formed in 2006 with the goal of locating the last wild saolas for a captive breeding program.

This would aid future reintroduction of the species into the wild, in a natural habitat free of threats.

The organization brings together conservation organizations in Laos and Vietnam to raise awareness, collect data from locals, and look for rare animals.

However, Asian unicorns are so uncommon that the SGW has yet to find one.

Between 2017 and 2019, the organization used 300 camera traps to conduct an intensive search in an 11-square-mile area of Laos’ Khoun Xe Nongma national protected area.

However, out of a million photos taken, not a single one captured the elusive saola.

The IUCN Species Survival Commission called for increased funding in the hunt for the mysterious creature back in August 2020.

Despite the fact that the hunt for the saola has lasted decades, the IUCN estimates that only about 30% of potential saola habitat has been surveyed.

According to the organization, it’s also possible that only 2% of the area has been thoroughly searched for the species.

“It is clear that search efforts must be significantly increased in scale and intensity if we are to save this species from extinction,” Nerissa Chao, Director of the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership, said.

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