Prosperity On the Plateau: Overcoming extinction: Tibetan antelope population exceeds 200,000

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Publish Time: 2020-12-28 Author: From: Xinhua

LHASA, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- "Tibetan antelopes are unique to the plateau. It's worth guarding them with our lives," said Puqung.

Puqung, 54, has worked as a conservationist in the Qiangtang National Nature Reserve in Tibet Autonomous Region for nearly four decades.

File photo shows a conservationist tries to rescue an injured Tibetan antelope in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

Covering an area of 298,000 square kilometers, Qiangtang is a major habitat for Tibetan antelopes, a native species of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwest China.

Due to massive illegal poaching, the species was classed as endangered in the 1980s.

Photo taken on Jan. 31, 2019 shows Tibetan antelopes in Shuanghu County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)

To save them from extinction, a series of measures were rolled out; National nature reserves were created, and special teams were established to enforce protection laws. An anti-poaching campaign was launched along with regular patrols and population monitoring. Conservation education was also carried out among the people who lived in Tibetan antelope habitats.

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