|Over 5,000 senior
plants, 39 of which have been listed as wild plants under
state key protection, grow in Tibet. The region also boasts
798 species of vertebrates and 2,305 species of insects.
Some 125 animals in Tibet have been listed as rare species
under top government protection. They include Tibetan
antelope, yak, snow chicken and black-neck crane. Tibet,
which occupies one eighth of China's total area, has 6,400
kinds of plants including 40 kinds of rare species. It
has over 1,000 sorts of herbal medicine, about one third
of the national total.
ĦĦĦĦTibetan authorities also took steps to probe fauna and
flora resources and strengthen co-operation with foreign
countries. Comprehensive probe has been jointly conducted
by teams made up of foreign and Chinese scientists on
the species, distribution and life pattern of the wild
animals in Qiangtang Nature Reserve of north Tibet. The
American High Mountain Research Institute has a share
in launching the Mount Qomolangma Nature Reserve; it signed
an agreement for 12-year co-operation and invested tens
of thousands of dollars in technical personnel training
and establishment of development foundations. Japanese
environmental protection research institutions have also
expressed desire to co-operate.
ĦĦĦĦThe following articles will show you around the eighteen
nature reserves of Tibet Autonomous Region. The nature
reserves tell you their stories, and we believe the rare
animals and trees, peculiar wonders and ancient relics
must amaze you.
China Tibet Information Center