Number of Tibet Antelopes, Wild Asses Increases in Hol Xil Natural Reserve
The number of the rare Tibetan antelopes and Tibetan wild asses has continued to increase in the Hoh Xil Natural Reserve in Qinghai Province, as social awareness and the measures of environmental protection have been enhanced in recent years.
The population of Tibetan antelopes in Hoh Xil grew from about 50, 000 in 1995 to 170,000 in 2012, with obvious increases in birth and survival rate, after a decade of anti-poaching campaigns, according to the news from Hoh Xil Nature Reserve Administration.
(A Tibetan antelope grazes near the Suonandajie Protection Station in the Hoh Xil Natural Reserve in northwest China's Qinghai Province, May 11, 2012.)
Since 2006, Tibetan antelopes have continued to survive and populate due to long-term anti-poaching campaigns and improvement in the environment. The number of births reached 30,000 each year, with a 70% survival rate in the central area of the nature reserve, said Cai Ga, director of Hoh Xil Nature Reserve Administration.
He added that armed poachers have killed off a large number of Tibetan antelopes since the early 1980s. Consequently, Tibetan antelopes have been approaching extinction. Since 1998, the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve Administration has conducted more than 300 campaigns, in which police patrolled some 70,000 kilometers, to protect the rare animal from hunters. They accumulated nearly 4,000 Tibetan antelope skins.