The Silver-backed Chevrotain, a deer-like species the size of a rabbit or small cat, is the first mammal on the list of 25 most wanted lost species to be rediscovered. It was rediscovered by Re:wild and partners Southern Institute of Ecology and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution published the rediscovery in November of 2019. Re:wild, GreenViet, Southern Institute of Ecology and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research then found a second population in September 2020 in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
Finding the chevrotain—also called a deer-mouse—has been one of the highest mammal conservation priorities in the Annamites. Before now, there has only been one record of the species since 1907—an individual purportedly collected from Vietnam’s southern coast, near Nha Trang.
The field team is continuing work to determine how large and stable these populations of Silver-backed Chevrotains are, the wider distribution of the species, and understanding the threats to its survival. They are using all of the information that they gather to develop and implement a conservation action plan that strengthens enforcement and protection of the species across its range, building on the increased enforcement already put in place at the site of rediscovery.
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