Little is known about the life span in the wild, but in captivity, saola generally do not survive greater than 5 months. This is probably due to stress and lack of proper nutrition. Other members of the subfamiliy Bovinae can live 15 to20 years in the wild, and it is likely that this species is similar.
- 2004. "Animal Fact Sheets" (On-line). Accessed December 08, 2004 at http://www.zoo.org/educate/fact_sheets/anoa/anoa.htm.