Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 22nd, 2010
This appears to be one of the best images, to date, of the saola, a classic animal of cryptozoological discovery, taken in the wild.
Only discovered in 1992, the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) is a shy forest antelope from the Annamite Mountains in Southeast Asia. Some have noted it was discovered in a lost world in Vietnam-Laos. The species is likely down to only a few dozen survivors. Habitat loss, trapping, and hunting could wipe it out rapidly. Photo by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) . Camtrap image is copyright Ban Vangban village, WCS_IUCN.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.