First-ever Photos and Footage of Silver-backed Chevrotain Confirm First Rediscovery of Lost Mammal on Global Wildlife Conservation’s ‘Most Wanted’ List Global Wildlife Conservation and partners Southern Institute of Ecology and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research have rediscovered a wildlife species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain—a deer-like species that is the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of Vietnam ravaged by poaching by snares. The silver-backed chevrotain , also called the Vietnamese mouse-deer, was last recorded more than 25 years ago and is the first mammal rediscovered on GWC’s list of top 25 most wanted lost species in the Search for Lost Species . The rediscovery in southern Vietnam was published today, November 11, in scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution and is spurring efforts to protect the chevrotain and the other mysterious and extraordinary wildlife that shares its home in Vietnam. “We had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised and overjoyed when we checked the camera traps and saw photographs of a chevrotain with silver flanks,” said An Nguyen, associate conservation scientist for GWC and expedition team leader. Nguyen is […]

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