stories of protecting Tibetan antelope

Hoh xil nature reserve is one of the original ecological environment preservations in the world, also is one of the last place of primitive states of nature.

Human being can’t live for a long time here, but it is a paradise for wild animals with wild yak, Tibetan antelope, wild donkey, bear… On the Ginghai-tibet plateau, wild animals make it enchanting and fascinating. Some experts indicate that Hoh xil nature reserve is one of most abundant animal resources areas in China with 230 sorts of wild animals.

The Tibetan antelope is a unique species in China, and they’ve lived in this land for tens of millions of years just because they belong to there.


However, people started large-scale of crazy massacre for Tibetan antelope’s leathers in 1980’s. Unfortunately, the Tibetan antelope has a deadly habit that they never run out of the range of light irradiation, then the poachers easy to catch them and shoot. An American expert, Dr Schaller said, “if large-scale poaching continues, then the population of Tibetan antelope will only remaining increasingly less, within a few years, the number of them will be sharply reduced and they will live in a miserable situation.”


Tibetan antelope was listed as a vulnerable species in 1996 by the international union for conservation of nature and was listed as endangered species in 2000. In recent years, China intensify protection of the wild animals and take several measures including establishing multiple protection stations and permission prohibited hunting and trade; thus, the Tibetan antelope and other wild animals living environment constantly improved and the population and number increase year by year. Currently, there are about 80000 to 100000 Tibetan antelope around the region. The staff of protection stations can see the figure of their running, playing, and freely drinking everywhere.

However, there are many of difficulties for the staff of protection stations such as oxygen deficiency, backward equipment and lack of financial support. One of my friends used to be a voluntary worker in the region, he told me that it spends 20000 Chinese Yuan to have an inspection tour because of massive gas consumption; moreover, cross-country jeeps are vulnerable to be declared useless. Also, there are only 35 official staff with 240000 Chinese Yuan national financial support to hang in there by 6 mouths. Put simply, they do such a meaningful job in a tough circumstance.


He also told me a very sad story happened several years before. One of his mates, who was also a volunteer there, had daily inspection and collect garbage as usual; however, during his tour, the car was broken down. Finally, he was freeze to death till his mates found him next morning. He was only 21 years old at that time, his name is Yong Feng. Rest in peace, hero!


Here I want to pay tribute to all those working in the exceptionally difficult situation. Also, I want to appeal to government to provide more supporting.

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1 Response to stories of protecting Tibetan antelope

  1. This appears to be a difficult job in very difficult circumstances. However, it does seem that the commitment by park staff has made a different to this species. Phil

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