Rare giant muntjacs found in Thua Thien-Hue Province

The Management Committee of Sao La Nature Reserve in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue announced that a rare giant muntjacs (Muntiacus vuquangensis), a species of deer, has been discovered by using camera traps set in the reserve on October 24.

The animal is characterized by shiny brown fur, darker stripe on the nuchal region,  a dark strip from the neck to back and the pale ventral color. The tail has a dark stripe, the under part is white.

Sao La Nature Reserve was established for the Sao la (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), a rare animal that is indigenous to the central Truong Son mountain range on the border of Laos and Vietnam in 2011.

Covering on an area of over 15,000 hectares, the reserve aims to save and facilitate the development of Sao La deer and several endemic animals that are in extreme danger of extinction.

By Van Thang – Translated by Kim Khanh

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