New Podcast Episode: Bill Robichaud & The Saola

The mammalwatching podcast is 3 years old today and we celebrate with an episode about the world’s most elusive and enigmatic mammal: the Saola.

We talk to conservationist Bill Robichaud, who has dedicated his career to trying to learn more about – and protect – them, including helping to set up the IUCN’s Saola Working Group and the Saola Foundation.

Saolas – a beautifully marked 100kg bovid – are often referred to as the ‘Asian Unicorn’ because of their scimitar-like horns and rarity. The species, first discovered by scientists in 1992 in the mountains of Vietnam, is one of the most stunning zoological discoveries of the past 100 years. In a fascinating conversation Bill talks about how the species was first discovered, and the handful of live animals that have been seen since. He offers hope for the species’ survival and what more might be done to save them from extinction.

Before talking to Bill we had a chat with fellow mammalwatcher Greg Easton, who has submitted several trip reports over the years including this 2023 NUTTER award winning guide to the Mammals of Yellowstone.

You can stream the podcast here or download from wherever you get your podcasts.

S3 E2: Bill Robichaud & The Saola

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Jon Hall

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