China’s Sanjiangyuan sees growing number of rare species

XINING (Xinhua) – The number of rare animal species has been growing steadily in Sanjiangyuan National Park as the area’s environment keeps improving, according to an official report.

Sanjiangyuan, meaning the “sources of three rivers,” is home to the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang (Mekong) rivers. The national park, located in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, is home to 270 species of wild land vertebrates, of which 69 are under state protection, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Qinghai provincial government.

The report is based on an investigation launched in 2016 to determine the number and distribution of major wildlife species in the park.

It said researchers found 16 species under top national protection in the area, such as wild yak and snow leopard, and 35 species under Class Two national protection, including bharal and Tibetan gazelle.