The saola, one of the world's rarest mammals, is a Critically Endangered flagship species in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot.
With support from CEPF, Lore of the Land published a report on the enigmatic saola: its history, predicament, and the efforts underway to protect it, as well as an executive summary for use in the popular press in saola range states and a basis for a book that will help build international concern and funding for conservation of this highly threatened flagship species.
William deBuys (a writer with the non-profit Lore of the Land) describes his first expedition searching for saola in central Laos with conservation biologist (and CEPF grantee) William Robichaud. Read the article.
Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank.