A small, horned deer that hasn’t been seen since 1990 has been caught on camera in Vietnam for the first time ever. The silver-backed chevrotain, also known as the Chinese water deer or Vampire deer, hasn’t been seen in more than 25 years. Global Wildlife Conservation is the first mammal to be found on the list of the top 25 most wanted lost species in the Search for Lost Species. The fact that it was found again in southern Vietnam was written up in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution on November 11.
“We didn’t know what to expect, so when we checked the camera traps and saw pictures of a chevrotain with silversides, I was shocked and overjoyed,” said An Nguyen, an associate conservation scientist for GWC and the expedition team leader. The head of the Department of Zoology at the Southern Institute of Ecology, Hoang Minh Duc, said that the rediscovery of the silver-backed chevrotain gives a lot of hope for the conservation of biodiversity especially threatened species, in Vietnam.
“This is also a reason for us and our international and local partners to spend more time and energy studying and protecting Vietnam’s biodiversity heritage.” Now that the silver-backed chevrotain has been found again, scientists are trying to figure out how big the population is and how stable it is. This will help them figure out threats to the bird’s survival. Two more places will get camera traps, and the information they collect will be used to carry out a plan to protect the species.