Elsa Rang introduced us to an animal we had never heard of before, The Saola. The best part about the Animal Conservation Contest is reading essays and stories written by young children in San Diego, and actually learning from them!
Written By, Elsa Rang
The Saola is an adorable and fascinating animal that lives in the Annamite Mountains between two countries, Vietnam and Laos. The Saolas appearance is similar to antelopes; but, they are more closely related to the Bovine. Saolas are diurnal and are most active during the morning and evening. Saolas were recently discovered in 1992. They are very rare and endangered because of the hunting of their horns. They weigh from 176 to 220 pounds. Both males and females have two sharp horns on their heads. They can live from eight to eleven years old in the wild. Saolas are herbivores. They eat fig leaves, seeds, fruits and berries. The Saolas are prey for tigers and leopards. There are only 70 to 700 Saolas left in the world.
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Elsa won the following prizes:
-Melissa & Doug Plush Owl
-Schleich Animal Figurines