Friday, September 10, 2010

Four Chinese Nature Reserves Team Up in Protection of the Tibetan Antelope

A Tibetan antelope pair in China

Recently, four nature reserves in western China have banded together to work in protecting the rare and highly endangered Tibetan antelope on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The four reserves, which includes two in the northwestern part of the Qinghai Province, one in Tibet Autonomous Region, and one in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, have vowed to carry out joint patrols in the animals' habitats to protect them from illegal poaching. According to Tseten Druk, director of the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve Administration in Qinghai Province, they will carry out joint research and personnel exchanges as part of the protection. The problem is that every Chinese nature reserve has lack of funds, manpower, and facilities. For example in Hoh Xil, there are only nineteen forest guards to patrol a 45,000-square meter reserve. Because of this, the population of the Tibetan antelope had been decimated over the years from extensive illegal poaching.

I'm glad to see that these nature reserves are teaming up together, in order to protect one of their prized treasures. However, it's also very sad to see based on their individual experiences in the past how poaching easily took advantage of them due to lack of essential necessities. The Tibetan antelope, also called chiru, has been labeled as an endangered species since 1979 and has been ruthlessly poached for its hide which is made into shahtoosh shawls that are considered a luxury items. I hope that these four reserves where the antelope lives will be able to make good progress in curbing down poaching by working together as one team. And I also hope that maybe they will receive some additional help for further improvisation in case matters worsen.

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