Scientists from WWF and the American Museum of Natural History are among the many international teams now working to help catalog and protect species in Vietnam's central Truong Son Mountains. Eleven species were recently identified in the Green Corridor, an intact stretch of tropical forest in the central part of the range. This area is also thought to be critical habitat for the saola, an antelope relative discovered in 1992. The saola's estimated worldwide population is fewer than 250 individuals.
The discoveries underscore the importance of three newly proposed reserves designed to maintain forest connectivity among the Green Corridor and existing reserves in Vietnam and adjacent Laos. The conservation plan broadens the protected area available to all species living in the lush lowland forests of the central Truong Son Mountains.