Saola- Veronica Nguyen:3rd

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Subject:
Animals
Grade:
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Saola- Veronica Nguyen:3rd

The Saola is an antelope-like organism where both females and males have long and slim horns that are about 30-50 cm long. It has a short brown coat that is lighter on the neck on its belly, and a black stripe running down its spine. It has unique white markings on its face that look like "eyebrows". The Saola species have a seasonal breeding from August to the middle of November.

Characteristics

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Saola (Pseudoryx Nghetinhensis)

The Saloa species generally travel with their mothers and their offspring. They have these facial glands that can put scents which are used to mark territories. They use their horns for self-defense, and make soft bleat noises.

Their habitat is in the Forest Biome. They are specifically located in the Annamite mountain range between Laos and Vietnam. This is the only location they have been spotted and found. A lot of reports have said to seen the Saola at the Song Ca River in Vietnam. Its climate consists of primarily being wet with brpadleaf forests.During the wet seasons, they move up for the waters and move south when the streams have dried up.

Habitat

Position on the Food Web

The Saola's main diet is composed of leaves such as fig leaves from the forests they live in. Their main predators are leopards, tigers, and dholes. They act as herbivores in the food web.

The Saola are becoming extinct due to intense hunting. They are falling into traps being set up for other animals. On top of this, more infrastructure is being built which leads to the clearing of forests. These are the main habitats of the Saola. In 2007, this specie was put on the critically endangered list for only having possibly at best- a few hundred. This specie is so rare and unique to where it has been categorized into a genus of its own! This specie needs to be saved because it is prey of very important animals. Leopards and tigers are prized for their meat, skin, and are used for many asain medicines. Many of the asain remedies wouldn't be able to be created without these animals. In addition they sit at the top of the food web, so they provide "control" over all the other animals. They prevent the herbivores from overgrazing which we need to avoid at all costs. That is why Saola need to be preserved at all costs.

Habits

Extinction and Preservation

By: Veronica Nguyen3rd Period

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