Watch: World’s Rarest Antelope

Less than 300 of Vietnam’s saola antelope remain, making it one of the most uncommon mammals on earth.


The saola antelope (pronounced sow-la) is one of earth’s rarest animals. Living in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos, the species wasn’t discovered until 1992—the first large mammal identified by science in more than 50 years. Their name is derived from the Vietnamese word for “spindle horns,” with theirs growing to 20 inches long and found on both males and females.