Saola Working Group meeting (3-7 June, 2013, Vientiane, Lao PDR)
Thirty-four participants from 24 institutions joined the 3rd meeting of the Saola Working Group (SWG) of the IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, held 3-7 June 2013 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
The SWG meeting was preceded, ten days earlier, by preparatory, one-day, national Saola meetings, in each of Lao PDR and Vietnam.
The SWG meeting agenda focused on four topics:
The principal outcomes of the meeting were:
1. An SWG goal for Saola protection:
The Saola Working Group’s protection goal is zero active snares (and other traps that pose risk to Saola), zero domestic hunting dogs and zero illegal firearms in priority Saola areas.
2. A consensus decision to immediately begin the necessary preparations to establish a captive ‘insurance population’ of Saola.
The decision was framed by drafting an SWG statement on Saola captive management, which reads in part:
...The IUCN SSC and its Saola Working Group (SWG) recommends moving forward immediately to establish a captive population of Saola to maximize the likelihood of saving the species, under the following conditions:
3. A 12-month worklist to move these and other meeting decisions forward.