Little is known about these shy animals or the threats they face. However, indiscriminate hunting done with snare traps is common practice in the coastal forests of Vietnam.
Finding the silver-backed chevrotain is the first step toward protecting the species, Andrew Tilker, Asian species officer for GWC, told The Dodo.
"The species occurs in an area that is known to be under immense pressure from snaring," Tilker said. "With this overarching threat in mind, we felt that it was important to try to assess the conservation needs. My colleagues and I feared that, otherwise, it could slip into a silent extinction."
"Now that we have confirmed the existence of at least one population, the real conservation work can begin," he added.