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China’s second-class protected animals first appear in Tian’e

By Feng Lu (chinadaily.com.cn)

Staff members from Longtan Nature Reserve in Tian’e county, Hechi, Guangxi, have recently found China’s second-class protected animals such as Tibetan macaques and silver pheasants as well as national protected animals such as pangolin and masked palm civet in the primeval forest for the first time.

Tian’e county has striven to promote the protection of national protected animals since the second research of Guangxi’s national wild animals in 2012. It installed more than 10 field monitoring infrared cameras in the primeval forest area of Longtan Nature Reserve and the Swallow Lake. They discovered Tibetan macaques, also called Sichuan stump-tailed macaque, mainly distributed over Sichuan, and Shaanxi but the quantity is very small. The silver pheasant, also called white pheasant, is a large-scale bird. It has white feathers and inhabits the forest.

Tian’e county has been striving to improve the development of ecological construction and environmental protection in recent years. The primeval forest in Longtan Natural Reserve occupies 21,000 mu (1,400 hectares) with a forest coverage rate of 98.7 percent. The ecological resource protection is of great significance in improving the living conditions of wild animals and promoting the local tourism industry.

Hechi is located in the northwestern part of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and the southern foothills of the Yungui Plateau.