Civet species thought to be extinct found in central Vietnam

The large-spotted civet species recently discovered in the Phong Dien Nature Reserve in Hue city was previously considered to be extinct in Vietnam and China by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to the Forest Protection Department of Thua Thien – Hue province, Phong Dien Nature Reserve and the Viet Nature recently conducted a camera trap program and recorded the images of nine endangered species at the global level. Among them are two species of civets with the scientific names Owston’s civet Chrotogale owstoni and Large-spotted civet Viverra megaspila. The Owston’s civet Chrotogale owstoni has only been recorded through camera traps in two areas in Vietnam: the Phong Dien Nature Reserve in 2016 and the Thua Thien – Hue Saola preservation area in 2015.

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