China's largest salt lake sees increased waterfowl, endangered gazelles

Publish Time: 2020-07-14 Author: From: Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2020 shows a view of the Qinghai Lake in northwest China's Qinghai Province. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)

XINING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The national nature reserve of Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland saltwater lake, has seen an increased population of water birds and Przewalski's gazelles (Procapra przewalskii), an endangered antelope species, the Ecology and Environment Department of northwest China's Qinghai Province said Saturday.

The nature reserve recently conducted an eight-day research project on waterfowl, Przewalski's gazelles and wildlife epidemics and diseases. The results showed that the overall situation regarding wild animals in the investigation area is good.

More than 29,000 water birds of 41 species and over 2,500 Przewalski's gazelles were spotted during the research.

Przewalski's gazelle used to be found across northern and western parts of China. However, the animal can now only be found near Qinghai Lake, its population having dropped to around 300 in the 1990s. It was listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Researchers also found that more than 3,100 great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) nesting and breeding in the reserve, a big increase on the figures from monitoring data from 2018.

The large population of such bird reflects the continuous improvement of the ecological environment and the biodiversity of Qinghai Lake, according to the department.

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