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Wild animal numbers growing in Xinjiang nature reserve

The number of wild animals in the Xinjiang Altun Mountain Nature Reserve is increasing thanks to the implementation of various protection measures and the strengthening of environmental protection. The wildlife species are diverse, the distribution is wide and the number is large. Statistics show that the Altun Mountain Nature Reserve has a total of 365 wildlife species at present.

Currently, wild animals under the state's first-grade and second-grade protection in the Altun Mountain Nature Reserve include wild yaks, Tibetan wild asses, Tibetan antelopes, argali, snow leopards, brown bears, lynxes, manul, Tibetan goa and others. The number of wild yaks, Tibetan wild asses and Tibetan antelopes, which are under the state's first-grade protection in the reserve, has reached about 6,000 to 9,000, about 40,000 to 50,000, and nearly 20,000 to 30,000, respectively, according to the Administration of the Xinjiang Altun Mountain Nature Reserve on Nov. 19.

With particular attention paid by the central government and the Xinjiang provincial government to the Altun Mountain Nature Reserve and the adoption of the "Methods for Xinjiang Altun Mountain National Nature Reserve Management," the local government has also increased related investments, stepped up the entrance and exit management of the nature reserve, formulated related regulations and rules and enhanced public awareness of environmental protection.

The nature reserve administrative bureau has established five checkpoints as well as one management and protection station with investments totaling more than 5 million yuan, which has effectively curbed illegal hunting and created a sound environment for the growth and reproduction of various types of wild animals and plants.
At the end of the last century, the natural environment in the Altun Mountain area was severely destroyed by various types of illegal hunting because of weak public awareness of wild animals and natural environment protection. Certain wild animal species were even on the verge of extinction and rarely seen, particularly the Tibetan antelopes, which were devastated by hunting.

(SOURCES:People's Daily)

(Tianshannet) Updated: 23th, November 2010 10:30:08

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