2021-07-29

Two Chinese pangolins found in Qixingkeng Nature Reserve, Enping, Guangdong

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, Guangzhou, July 29th (Cheng Jingwei Linyin) According to the Guangdong Forestry Bureau on the 29th, the Qixingkeng Provincial Nature Reserve in Enping, Guangdong has detected two Chinese pangolins in the wild through infrared cameras. This is the second trace of pangolins found in this reserve since the 1990s. It is reported that the Chinese pangolin is now a national first-class protected animal.

At the beginning of this year, the Management Office of Qixingkeng Provincial Nature Reserve in Enping, Guangdong launched a wildlife infrared camera monitoring project. In April, the infrared camera field control was implemented, and the first batch of data recovery was completed on July 23.

Two Chinese pangolins found in Qixingkeng Nature Reserve, Enping, Guangdong

Ocelot. Photo courtesy of Guangdong Forestry Bureau. Photo courtesy of Guangdong Forestry Bureau.

During the data compilation process, the staff of the reserve was pleasantly surprised to find that two infrared cameras had captured 4 night-time images of Chinese pangolins. The time was May 9, May 12, May 21, and July 3. From the video, it can be seen that pangolins are foraging in the forest. According to animal experts, there are 2 pangolins detected this time, all of which are adults.

In addition, the infrared camera also recorded the national second-level protected wild animals, leopard cats, brown-winged cuckoos, and crested eagles, and national “three-have” protected animals: ferret badger, civet cat, wild boar, gray-breasted bamboo chicken , Red-billed blue magpie and other rare wild animals.

The predecessor of the Enping Qixingkeng Nature Reserve was an electric forest complex mainly for wood production and other production and management activities. Previously, a large number of forest felling caused serious damage to biodiversity, and excessive hunting of Chinese pangolins. In the 1990s, it was almost impossible to find traces of pangolins.

Two Chinese pangolins found in Qixingkeng Nature Reserve, Enping, Guangdong(1)

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p > Red-billed blue magpie. Photo courtesy of Guangdong Forestry Bureau Photo courtesy of Guangdong Forestry Bureau

In 2003, the Qixingkeng Municipal Nature Reserve was established; in 2007, it was promoted to the Qixingkeng Provincial Nature Reserve of Enping, Guangdong. After more than ten years of strict protection, the forest ecology of Qixingkeng has been gradually restored, and the biodiversity has increased significantly, making signs of pangolin activity reappearing. (End)