The Saola Working Group (SWG) is part of the Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). The SWG was formed in 2006 in recognition of the need for urgent, coordinated action to save the Saola from extinction.
SWG is the main driver of Saola conservation while also advocating for the conservation of the globally significant Annamite Mountains as a whole.
Its mission statement is : “The Saola Working Group works collaboratively to conserve Saola in nature, and to leverage Saola as a flagship for conservation of the bio-cultural diversity of the Annamite Mountains as a whole.”
Collaboration is key to the SWG’s work. The SWG is not a stand-alone organization, but a collaborative partnership. The SWG currently has 30 members, drawn from range government partners and conservation organisations working in the Saola's range. SWG members are among the most experienced conservationists and biologists at work in Southeast Asia. This experience, and their close collaboration, are the SWG's central strengths.
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What We Do
The SWG designs and coordinates Saola conservation projects, which bring bring scientists, local people, government officials, and conservation organizations together to save the Saola. Each project contributes to the overall conservation of Saola in Laos and Vietnam by improving our understanding of Saola status and natural history, building partnerships with local people for Saola conservation, and training conservation officers to reduce critical threats.
Find more details on the Saola Conservation Projects here: http://www.savethesaola.org/#/projects/4560959935
Where We Work
The Saola is found only in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam
Featured image: Ban Vangban village and W. Robichaud