The Saola Working Group (SWG)

Part of the Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), the SWG was formed in 2006 in recognition of the need for urgent, coordinated action to save the saola from extinction. We held our first biennial meeting in 2009. In addition to being the main driver of saola conservation in Laos and Vietnam, the SWG advocates for conservation of the globally significant Annamite Mountains as a whole.
The Saola Working Group works collaboratively to conserve saola in nature, and to leverage saola as a flagship for conservation of the bio-cultural diversity of the Annamite Mountains as a whole.

Collaboration is key to the SWG’s work.

The SWG is not a stand-alone organization, but a collaborative partnership. The SWG currently has 19 members, drawn from a range of government partners and conservation organisations working in the saola’s range. SWG members are among the most experienced conservationists and biologists at work in Southeast Asia. This experience, and their close collaboration, are the SWG’s central strengths.

SWG Members

The following institutions are “home” to the SWG’s more than 30 members. Which is not to forget the SWG’s freelance members, Rob Timmins and Dr. Hannah O’Kelly. In alphabetical order (with their associated SWG members):

BANHAM ZOO / AFRICA ALIVE!: Terry Hornsey

DEPARTMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (LAO PDR): Bouaphanh Phanthavong, Outhai Vongsa

GLOBAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: William Robichaud

IUCN VIETNAM PROGRAMME: Nguyen Duc Tu

INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES (VIETNAM): Dr. Nguyen Xuan Dang

KING MONGKUT’S UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI (THAILAND): Chanthasone Phommachanh

LOS ANGELES ZOO: Jeff Holland

LEIBNIZ INSTITUTE FOR ZOO AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH: Andrew Tilker

PROJECT ANOULAK: Dr. Camille Coudrat

ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND: Douglas Richardson

SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK: Andy Blue

SMITHSONIAN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE: Dr. Pierre Comizzoli

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: Nicholas Wilkinson

VIET NATURE: Le Trong Trai

VINH UNIVERSITY: Dr. Cao Tien Trung

WHITE OAK CONSERVATION CENTER: Steve Shurter

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (LAOS): Dr. Chanthavy Vongkhamheng

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY ASIA PROGRAM: Dr. Simon Hedges

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY / BRONX ZOO: Dr. Pat Thomas

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY CAMBODIA PROGRAM: Sarah Brook

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY LAO PROGRAM: Alex McWilliam, Xaysompheng Sengkhamyong, Ben Swanepoel,

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY VIETNAM PROGRAM: Dr. Scott Roberton

WWF GREATER MEKONG PROGRAMME: Dr. Tom Gray, Crispian Barlow,

WWF-US: Dr. Barney Long

WWF VIETNAM PROGRAMME: Nguyen Quang Hoa Anh

ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Dr. Sam Turvey, Nick Lindsay

ZOOPARC DE BEAUVAL: Eric Bairrão Ruivo