An elusive mouse who, for nearly 30 years, was believed to have been lost to science, was caught in front of the camera in Vietnam. This emerges from an article published on Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The rediscovery of the Silverback Chevrotain, also known as the Vietnamese Mouse Stag, has led researchers to "take immediate steps to sustain survival."
Despite its deceptive nickname, Chevrotains are the planet's smallest hoofed mammals – not mice or deer, according to a Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) press release. The shy and lonely animals seem to run on the tips of their hooves, have two tiny fangs and usually weigh less than 1
The GWC and its partners, the Southern Institute of Ecology and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, announced the rediscovery of the elusive species in the mondag article.
Silverback Chevrotain was first described in 1910 on the basis of four specimens collected in the Vietnamese city of Nha Trang. Only one more record of the species has been confirmed: a hunter-killed Chevrotain, captured in 1990 during a Vietnamese-Russian expedition.
"This species apparently only existed as part of our imagination for so long, in fact, it's still a first step to making sure we do not lose it again, and we're moving fast now to figure out how best to do it According to GWC, An Nguyen, associate conservation scientist at GWC and expedition team leader said
The team discovered the species after talking to local residents and rangers, who reported that they had discovered a gray chevrotain that matched the animal's description. They then placed three camera traps over five months in places in southern Vietnam where the animal may have been seen.
The cameras made 275 shots of the kind, so the team went back and installed another 29 cameras in the same area, GWC reported, taking 1,881 photos of the animals over a five-month period.
The Fund called for increased conservation efforts for the species that survived despite poaching in the area. Wildlife in the area are often killed by hunters with home-made wire loops, a method the GWC calls "devastating."
"It's an amazing achievement to have solved this question mark of the Chevrotain with a silver backside 25 years ago, from the total ignorance of the Great Annamids' wildlife," said Barney Long, Senior Director of GWC Species Protection. "However, the work begins with the rediscovery and the first protective measures that have been taken, and now we need to identify not just a few people in a camera trap, but one or two locations with a substantial population, so we can actually protect and protect ourselves Providing protection can restore the species. "
A team is now embarking on a mission to determine the size and stability of the population, as well as the threat to their survival, following the publication of the GWC. The mission will be part of the very first "comprehensive survey" of silverback chevrotain.