Endangered gaur killed in protected forest in southern Vietnam

By Le Lam, Thanh Nien News

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The gaur carcass found at the Ma Da Forest in Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve. Photo: Le Lam The gaur carcass found at the Ma Da Forest in Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve. Photo: Le Lam

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A wild gaur (Bos gaurus), the world’s largest bovine, was allegedly killed by poachers at the Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve.
Park rangers from Suoi Van Station found the animal’s decomposing carcass during a patrol of the protected Ma Da Forest at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Only the head and skeleton remained.
The rangers think it was a female gaur weighing around 200 kg.
The animal, apparently belonging to a herd of about 10 individuals living in the forest, might have been killed by poachers and slaughtered for meat, they said.
Spreading over more than 100,000 hectares (247,100 acres), the reserve is home to many endangered animals, including around 300 gaurs.
There used to be more than 3,000 gaurs in Vietnam in the 1970s, and the number has shrunk mostly due to poaching.

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