Saola: The tip of the Annamites extinction iceberg

October 24, 2017

The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)—a primitive wild cattle species endemic to the Annamite mountain range of Vietnam and Lao PDR—is on the verge of extinction. In a recent letter published in the journal Science, a group of conservation scientists call attention to the critical situation of the species and a bold new plan to save it Read more

Between the Stripes Part II: A Rare Encounter

July 17, 2017

When I came to Vietnam five years ago, striped rabbits were the furthest thing from my mind. Oh, sure, I knew about Nesolagus timminsi—it was, after all, one of the recently discovered Annamite endemic mammals that had collectively drawn me to this region—but my focus was on Saola. And so I spent the next three Read more

Between the Stripes Part I: Discovery of a Tiger-like Rabbit

June 26, 2017

In the mid-1990s, the small landlocked country of Laos was a biological blank spot on the world map. The country had only recently opened its borders after years of isolation following the second Indochina conflict and then the struggles of installing a new communist government. Laos held vast unbroken tracts of tropical forest—but just what Read more

Camera Traps Set to Unlock Pu Mat National Park’s Mysteries

February 14, 2017

In July 2016, I traveled with a colleague of mine, An The Truong Nguyen, to Pu Mat National Park (NP), a protected area in a remote corner of north-central Vietnam. Pu Mat NP is believed to be one of the best places in Vietnam for rare and endangered Annamite endemic mammals. It was here that Read more

New camera trap images peer into hidden world of the Annamites

January 10, 2017

On its face a camera trap is a simple device: a camera, connected to a sensor, that takes a picture when the sensor detects movement. But this simple creation has revolutionized wildlife surveys, and nowhere more so than in tropical rainforests, where animals are often rare, difficult to observe and elusive. These “eyes in the Read more

Giving Thanks: For the Annamite Striped Rabbit

November 22, 2016

I came to Southeast Asia thinking that I would study tigers. Instead I study tiger rabbits. If you had told me four years ago that the focus of my work, indeed my obsession, would be furry fluff balls that could fit in my hand, I would have thought you were crazy. And yet that is Read more

Honoring endangered species all year round

May 20, 2016

May 20th marks Endangered Species Day, but at Global Wildlife Conservation, we celebrate biodiversity every second of every day. We checked in with GWC staff and GWC associate conservation scientists to learn more about why each person is committed to doing what it takes to conserve wildlife—and to discover which endangered species are among the Read more

The last best hope for Owston’s civet

October 29, 2015

By Andrew Tilker, GWC associate conservation scientist The jungles of the central Annamites are renowned for their incredible small carnivore diversity: the number of sharp-toothed furry critters roaming these forests should send a shiver of fear down the back of anything rabbit-sized or smaller: and a shiver of pleasure to any tropical biologist who happens Read more

Confronting the ghost of the saola

September 4, 2015

After six hours of hiking through the jungle-covered mountains of central Vietnam I had had it. In spades. I was on my last legs, and I let out an audible whoop of joy when we finally came to our destination. We stumbled into the remote Katu village of Aur and I let my backpack fall—thud!—to Read more