ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Unicorns Are Real: The Vietnamese Saola

Updated on July 22, 2019
Sofie Bleu profile image

Sofie is an experienced high school writer, whom was in the Gifted groups in first through sixth grade, but is now borderline illiterate.

A Saola's Face Markings

A Saola's Face Markings
A Saola's Face Markings | Source

Unicorns Are Real

In the depths of the Vietnamese Annamite Mountains lives a magical creature. The animal is a chestnut brown with a white stripe. It has a deer-like appearance, and an adorable fluffy tail. It’s eyes have harsh white lines, and, most distinctively, it has towering horns standing straight up from its head. Some say the Saola is a real life unicorn, hence its name, “Asian Unicorn”.

Saolas inhabit the forest of the Annamite Mountains between Laos, North, and Central Vietnam. Their habitat is very scarce, considering over 25,000 hectares of its forest have been lost in only a span of six years. The Saola is a gentle herbivore, mainly consuming fig leaves and other plants, nuts, and fruits near water sources. Saolas are most famous for their towering vertical horns, which can grow up to twenty inches and could easily impale you. The iconic horns are on males and females. The bovine-like animal has a very dark body, and unique white markings, especially on the face. Saolas have extremely thick skin for fighting, and is very active in the morning and afternoon. Saolas can almost never live in captivity. All except two captive Saolas died within a very short time of being in captivity, and scientists still don’t know why.

The main reason Saolas are endangered are because of cable snares set up by poachers, poachers who meant to catch other animals. They are sort of by-catch, just like dolphins and sea turtles. Another big reason for endangerment would be deforestation. Vietnam is logging and building at such a fast rate, and the forest can’t keep up. As a result, Saolas are having smaller and smaller habitats. Also, Saolas don’t breed a lot in the first place. There are so few of them, and only one baby is ever born to a mother. The number of saolas is estimated to be in the dozens, maybe even close to a hundred, but no more than that. In the past, there have been at least twenty Saolas in captivity, but nearly all of them have died.

Fortunately, a new organization has dedicated its cause to saving the Saolas. Save The Saola is not only trying to protect and repopulate Saolas, but also all the species of the Annamite Mountains, as a lot of its other animals are endangered. They are advocating and fighting for more protections to be put in place for the Saolas. They have also started a conservation breeding program, to try and boost the Saola population. Thankfully, Save The Saola is really trying their hardest to save these magnificent creatures.

I am deeply saddened that Vietnam and Laos has allowed the Saola to become critically endangered, and still haven’t put any protections into place. The Saola is so beautiful, and it doesn’t deserve to be endangered. I really hope Save the Saola is successful, or else the unicorn really won’t exist.

The Asian Unicorn is one of the most distinctive and unique animals out there. While Vietnam and Laos are great places, they are not very considerate of their endangered animals, especially the critically endangered Saola. While it may not seem like it, there is hope for this animal after all, thanks to Save The Saola Organization. I hope everyone helps to get the Saola population back on track, and let these graceful unicorns roam freely through the forest once again.

Saola Baby = Absolutely Adorable

A baby Saola. 'Cause babies are cute.
A baby Saola. 'Cause babies are cute. | Source


  1. Animals, A-Z. “Saola.” A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Pictures and Resources, 10 Sept. 2018,

  1. “Saola Facts.” Math,

  1. “Saola.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Jan. 2019,

  1. “Will 'Asia's Unicorn' Survive? Hunting and Deforestation Continue in Vietnam Biosphere Reserve PART II.” Conservation News, Conservation News, 2 Oct. 2014,

© 2019 Nature Lincwock


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)