China: Tibetan antelope population recovers thanks to national nature reserve

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Added 2021-10-05


Xinhua reports that the population of Tibetan antelopes, a CITES-protected species, has increased from about 20,000 to over 70,000 inside a key reserve, while the grand migration of Tibetan antelopes has reappeared on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The creation of the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in 1997, a World Heritage Site, has helped curb antelope poaching. Poachers are after the antelope's underfur from which the luxury fabric shahtoosh (Persian for "king of the wools"), popular in India, is produced. An estimated 150,000 antelopes remain in the wild.


Hoh Xil, Qinghai