15 Asian elephants back in original habitat in Yunnan after 'exodus' (China)
September 20, 2022
See link https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1275633.shtml for photo.
The 15 wild Asian elephants that went on a 1,400-kilometer "exodus" in 2021
in Southwest China's Yunnan Province are now back in their original habitat
in Xishuangbanna and the two calves born during their trek have grown to
300 kilograms, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration revealed
The herd of Asian elephants came into the global spotlight in 2021 after
their unusual northward journey since March 2021.
The elephants returned to their original habitat in Xishuangbanna after the
124-day trek which covered a distance of over 1,400 kilometers, said Li
Chunliang, deputy director of the National Forestry and Grassland
Administration, during a press conference on Monday.
At the Monday conference, Li presented a photo taken of four elephants
including two calves which drew much public attention back in 2021 because
they were born during the trek. The photo was taken by frontline monitoring
According to Li, the calves are living a very healthy life and have grown
to an estimated 300 kilograms now. They weighed 100 kilograms when they
Li said that China has established a new nature reserve system composed of
national parks, nature reserves and various types of natural parks.
A first batch of five national parks - the Sanjiangyuan National Park, the
Wuyi Mountain National Park, the Giant Panda National Park, the Northeast
China Tiger and Leopard National Park and the Hainan Tropical Rainforest
National Park - have been officially established. Two national botanic
gardens in Beijing and Guangzhou have also been set up.
Over the past decade, China has stepped up efforts in promoting the
harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, and remarkable results in
preserving natural resources have been achieved, with 74 percent of
wildlife species under special protection and 65 percent of higher plant
communities being effectively preserved.