Return of the wild

By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2022-06-04 10:44
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A brown-neck hornbill rests on a branch in Yingjiang county, Yunnan province on March 7, 2021. [[PHOTO BY YIN YIKU/XINHUA]

Many species that had not been seen for years have made a comeback thanks to successful conservation efforts

On May 4, a group of Shenzhen University researchers were abuzz with excitement on spotting an aquatic bird with a yellow beak and feet, green legs and covered with white feathers all over the body at the city's Mangrove Bay.

"Yellow-billed egret," they whispered with joy. The egret, which is listed as a second-class species under State protection, has appeared in Shenzhen again having not been seen for a number of years.

And the egret is not an isolated case. Residents in one province after another have seen long-time-no-see wildlife come back in recent years, some of which had disappeared for decades.

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