Qinghai Kekexili Nature Reserve Park is located in the joint border of Zhiduo County and Qumalai County with 4,500,000 hectares.
Its main protection targets are the unique wild plants and animals in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and their living environments.
The area lies in hinterland of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with average altitude above 4,600 meters. Its basic relief mainly is hills, mesas and plains in large area; Mountainous region is meek, river reach and basin is capacious; there are many high mountains and extremely high mountains in the edge of northern and southern mountain regions, which is the most completely protected basic relief in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
In the zone, water systems from Yangtze River converge with water system in the lake; There are inner water systems which is around lakes in west and north，in which there are many lakes. The main vegetation type are highlands plain and highlands meadow. Original biogeocenose is complete. There are 202 kinds of first class plants, including 84 kinds of own types in Qinghai-Tibet plateau.
The zone is the place for rare animals’ inhabiting and multiplying in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. There are 16 kinds of mammals，30 kinds of birds, including 18 kinds of own animals in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. There are 5 kinds of national first protected animals and they are snow leopards, Tibetan wild asses, wild yaks, Tibetan antelope, golden eagles; there are 7 kinds of second protected animals in national class and they are brown bears, lynxes, Tibetan gazelle, Argali sheep, Tibetan snow chicken and so on.
The number of Tibetan wild asses, wild yaks, Tibetan antelope, Tibetan gazelle is large，totally 30,000-40,000. The establishment of Kekexili Reserve has very important influence on the protection and research of both rare wild animals and plants in Qinghai –Tibet Plateau and original altiplano biogeocenose
Located in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, it announced that they submitted the Tibetan Antelope as a candidate for the mascot of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Other candidates include the Panda, Huanan Tiger and the Monkey King, the legendary monkey who assisted a Chinese monk in bringing Buddhism to China from India.
The campaign to make the Tibetan Antelope the 2008 Olympic mascot has been conceived to raise awareness about the endangered species that is hunted for its fine wool, shatoosh. The announcement drew much attention among environmental groups as well as the Olympic Committee.