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Discovery and conservation of the Vu Quang ox in Vietnam

  • Vu Van Dung (a1), Pham Mong Giao (a2), Nguyen Ngoc Chinh (a1), Do Tuoc (a1) and John MacKinnon (a3)...

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In May 1992 the discovery of three pairs of horns in the only remaining area of pristine forest in northern Vietnam led to the description of a new species of ox. A total of 20 specimens have now been found, most of them consisting of only the horns and part of the skull. The Ministry of Forestry in Vietnam is enlarging and upgrading protected areas in the suspected 4000-sq-km range of the Vu Quang ox and surveys are under way in two proposed reserves in neighbouring Laos where the ox is also reported to occur. Meanwhile a local campaign is necessary to inform villagers of the valuable nature of this species and to ban further hunting.

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Discovery and conservation of the Vu Quang ox in Vietnam

  • Vu Van Dung (a1), Pham Mong Giao (a2), Nguyen Ngoc Chinh (a1), Do Tuoc (a1) and John MacKinnon (a3)...

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