This Vietnamese scientist sent pictures to herpetologist L. Lee Grismer, who flew to Vietnam to help identify the lizard. After a long plane ride and an eight-hour motorcycle ride out to the restaurant, they found that the lizards were all gone. Said Grismer, "When we finally got there, this crazy guy had gotten drunk and served them all to his customers." (After all, we know how appealing exotic meats are.) Luckily, the lizard is not at all rare in that part of Vietnam, and they managed to secure about 70 specimens both from local restaurants and through the efforts of local schoolchildren, recruited to find wild lizards. Leiolepis ngovantrii may not be around for very long--the lack of diversity in the gene pool means that single-sex species tend not to survive in the long-term. But for now, it appears to be both thriving and delicious.