Because of vast of land, China has many unique local wildlife which live from north to south.
#1 Giant Pandas
Of course, giant pandas is the first on the list.
Giant Pandas are a kind of rare bears which live in temperate-zone bamboo forests in south-western China. They are one of the rarest animals in the world.
It is estimated that Giant Panda’s total population is between 1,000–2,000 and more than 200 live in zoos and research centers.
Wild Giant Pandas mainly live in the mountain areas in central China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces.
If you are thinking of shooting the wild giant pandas, it won't be easy, for high chances, they could be found in Qinlin Natural Reserve (Shaanxi province). Aha, there is a bad news, foreigners are not allowed to visit the Qinlin Natural Reserve.
#2 Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey is one of the most rare monkeys in the world.
These monkeys have short nose and golden furs, hence the name.
It is estimated that only about 16,000 Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys are found in central China’s Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces.
Furthermore, a shot of golden monkeys by Marsel Van Oosten won the first prize of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.
#3 Crested Ibis
The Crested Ibis is a kind of bird with long beak and red cheeks.
There were once only 7 individuals and with great efforts now its total number has expanded to about 700 birds in captivity.
Ibis mainly live in Qinling area (Shaanxi province).
#4 Black-necked Crane
Black-necked Crane is a large-size wading bird which has silver gray or white body color with dotted brown brims.
There are about ten thousands of them living in wet land of Yunnan, Guizhou and Tibet provinces.
Every year, many wildlife photographers go Caohai National Natural Reserve of Guizhou to photograph the black-necked cranes. There are hundreds of black-necked crane fly here to go through the winter from November to next April.
#5 Tibetan Antelope
The Tibetan Antelope is a representative animal living in Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
They are timid and often seek food in the morning and evening. There are about 100,000 Tibetan Antelopes distributed in plateaus of Qinghai Tibet and Xinjiang.
The end of last century, a few weathy people started to buy cashmere products, the Tibetan antelope cashmere is the best one, so more and more antelopes were hunted illegally. There is a movie about such a sad story called 'KEKEXILI', worth to find out by yourselves.
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