The saola is so rare that it was not discovered until 1992 in the valley of Vietnam and Laos. It's probably because of this that it is also known as the Asian unicorn.
While wildlife in the Saola’s range are most threatened mainly by commercial hunting for the bushmeat and traditional medicine trades, specific demand for Saola is almost non-existent, because the species is unknown in the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia (nor is its meat considered to be particularly tastier than muntjacs or Sambar). Instead, the animal is snared incidentally in the intense, general pursuit primarily of other species valued in the region’s wildlife trade.
Pull Your Socks Up! Join the How Many Animals mission, share the story and save our species.