Explore 6 Endemic Animals in China
China is one of the countries with the greatest wildlife diversity in the world. While many focus on their spectacular beauty, the national parks are also home to an incredibly diverse array of wildlife allowing you to explore and learn about them. Here are 6 amazing animals you can see across the nation.
Hainan Black Crested Gibbon
The Hainan black-crested gibbon is one of man’s closest relatives living in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan, China. Males are generally completely black and have white or buff cheeks, while the females are a golden or buff colour all over with black patches including a streak of black on the head. The species is very slender and has long arms and legs, while not having a tail.
South China Tiger
Some believe that South China Tiger is the original tiger from which all other tiger subspecies evolved. As with all other tigers, their fur has distinctive black stripes over the burnt orange coat. You can see it in Shanghai Zoo, Suzhou South China Tiger Breeding Base, Guangzhou Zoo and Meihua Mountain South China Tiger Breeding Base.
Chinese Mountain Cat
Deep in the alpine meadows of the Tibetan Plateau slinks one of the world’s most mysterious felines. The Chinese Mountain Cat with its sky-blue eyes, sandy coat, and unusual lack of markings. Photos of them were not taken until May of 2007.
The baiji is also known as the Chinese River Dolphin or Yangtze River Dolphin. It is a freshwater dolphin endemic to the Yangtze River in China. They feed on a variety of small, freshwater fish, using their long, slightly upturned beak to probe the muddy river bottom. There is also a Baiji Museum in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.
Chinese alligators are an extremely rare species now found only in a small area of protected reserve along the lower Yangtze River in the Anhui province of China. Alligators are about as ancient as they look. They belong to an order of reptiles – the crocodilians – that first appeared on the planet approximately 80 million years ago.
The Giant Panda
High in dense bamboo forests in the misty, rainy mountains of southwestern China lives one of the world’s rarest mammals: the giant panda. Only about 1,500 of these black-and-white bears survive in the wild. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the best place to get close to the Pandas.
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