Wildlife of China

The varied geography and climate of China has created a wealth of habitats, now under severe pressure from the country’s vast human population, bringing some species to the edge of extinction.

WWF China

China is one of the world’s major centers of biological diversity. This is due not only to its size, but also to the tremendous diversity of habitats it provides for wild plants and animals. The earth’s highest and lowest points are in Chinese territory, and it has a variety of ecosystems that is unequalled elsewhere, from glaciers to coral reefs and from deserts to tropical rainforests. As a result, China diversity of wild plants and animals is greater than all of North America or Europe, and equal to one-eighth of all species on earth.

Wild China [DVD] here from Amazon

Wild China [DVD]

Beautifully filmed, Wild China takes an expansive look at the fourth largest country in the world. Over a period of more than six hours, the miniseries–which was co-produced by the BBC and China’s CTV–lets viewers into a world that is straddling the line between modern-day efficiency and old world traditions. Fans accustomed to travelogues with personable hosts such as quirky Anthony Bourdain or perky Samantha Brown leading them through far away places may get a little bored with the hands-off approach here. But the beauty of this production is in the country and the people, and the way the filmmakers present them in crisply edited vignettes. We see the jumping spiders atop Mount Everest, the winding grace of the Great Wall, and of course some shy pandas that many people equate with China. But some of the best moments are the simple ones–children in a classroom, fishermen working the waters, and monks meditating in monasteries. As did the Planet Earth series, Wild China makes viewers wish they were there. The film doesn’t touch heavily on the politics of China, but it isn’t lacking because of the omission. As it is, Wild China ends all too soon, leaving viewers longing for more for a country that once didn’t welcome foreigners

Lovely audio slideshow from The Guardian with stunning photos by photographer China wildlife expert Heather Angel which showcases its varied landscapes, flora and fauna. The results of her explorations are published in her book on Chinese Wildlife

Exploring Natural China

Wildlife watching trips in China

A selection of panda holidays involving tracking and conservations giants pandas in the wild at Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. The Giant Panda is a true icon for endangered wildlife. Yet today the future of the Giant Panda is particularly fragile. This peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces a number of threats. Its forest habitat, in the mountainous areas of southwest China, is fragmented and Giant Panda populations are small and isolated from each other Read more here

Wikipedia on Chinese wildlife

Most famous of these is the giant panda, which survives in pockets of high-altitude bamboo forest across the southwest. Dhole in China is one of the least know species, it population in China are critically endangered. The Giant Pandas are endangered and now there are only around 1,500 of them left in the world, but, luckily, the number is slowly on the rise. A few Siberian tigers haunt the northeastern highlands, while the critically endangered South China tiger can be found in reserves in Fujian and Guangxi. Less well-known rarities include the snub-nosed golden monkey and Chinese alligator, both of which it is possible to see in the wild. Birdlife can be prolific, however, with freshwater lakes along the Yangtze and in western Guizhou, along with the vast saline Qinghai Lake, providing winter refuge for hosts of migratory wildfowl – including rare Siberian and black-necked cranes.

China Wildlife Conservation Association

CWCA is the largest ecological conservation organization in China, with over 200,000 members. CWCA is a mass organization, founded by enthusiasts who love wildlife and many workers who work on wildlife conservation, scientific research, wildlife breeding and domestication, natural conservation area, and so on.  The mission of the CWCA is to promote sustainable development of China’s wildlife.

For years, we take educational propaganda as our central work to arouse the public’s concern on wildlife. We have held “Bird Loving Week” and “Wildlife Propaganda Month” annually from 1983; we popularize wildlife conservation knowledge to tens of millions of people by means of poster, board, video show and brochure distribution, by holding contest, and organizing bird watching activities.

There still exists a bad habit of eating wildlife in China; this leads to disturbance on ecological balance. At the end of 1999, we lunched a survey on status of eating wildlife. According to the obtained result, we suggested the public not to eat wildlife and set a new dietetic fashion. And we try to call on the cooks to do so. With our encouragement, many cooks try to be the Green Cuisine Ambassador, refusing to cook wildlife anymore. So far, we have successfully collected signature from over 300,000 cooks and the sum is expected to increase to one million by the end of 2008. More and more people are joining in our activities; and it is great helpful to protect the wildlife.

Official Chinese government site

China is one of the countries with the most diverse varieties in animals and plants in the world and there are 4,400 species for the vertebrates alone taking up over 10% of the total species in the world. Among them, 210 species are amphibious animals, 320 species reptiles, l,186 species birds, 450 species beasts, and over 2,200 species fishes

The Chinese city living in fear of giant killer hornets (october 2013) swarms of highly venomous hornets have killed 41 people in three months

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