China is one of the countries with the greatest diversity of wildlife in the world. There are more than 4,400 species of vertebrates, more than 10 percent of the world's total. There are nearly 500 animal species, 1,189 species of birds, more than 320 species of reptiles and 210 species of amphibians. Wildlife peculiar to China includes such well-known animals as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, South China tiger, brown-eared pheasant, white-flag dolphin, Chinese alligator, and red-crowned crane, totaling more than 100 species.
China has among some of the most abundant plant life in the world. There are more than 32,000 species of higher plants, and almost all the major plants that grown in the northern hemisphere's frigid, temperate and tropical zones are represented in China. In addition, there are more than 7,000 species of woody plants, including 2,800 tree species. The metasequoia, Chinese cypress, cathaya tree, China fir, golden larch, Taiwan fir, Fujian cypress, dove-tree, eucommia and camplotheca acuminata are found only in China. The metasequoia, a tall species of arbor, is considered as one of the oldest and rarest plants in the world.
In a concerted effort to protect the nation's zoological and botanical resources, and save species close to extinction, China has established 932 nature reserves to protect forests and wildlife, with a total area of 79.71 million ha. The 12 nature reserves in China, namely, Sichuan's Wolong, Jilin's Changbai Moutains, Guangdong's Dinghu Mountains, Guizhou's Fanjing Moutains, Fujian's Wuyi Moutains, Hubei's Shennongjia, Inner Mongolia's Xilingol, Xinjiang's Mr. Bogda, Yunnan's Xishuangbanna, Juangsu's Yancheng, Zhejiang's Tianmu Moutains and Guizhou's Maolan, have joined the "International People and Biosphere Protection Network." Heilongjiang's Zhalong, Jilin's Xianghai, Hunan's Dongting Lake, Jiangxi's Poyang Lake, Qinghai's Bird Island and Hainan's Dongzhai Harbor have been included in the listing of the world's important waterfowl wetlands.
China Exploration has been devoting to wildlife and plants tours in order to protect these resources of human being. With our service, a few organization and wild life lovers have succeeded their scientific or educational tours in China. And we appeal for the support from more naturist or organizations worldwide. If you know any special animal or plants resources in China, please tell us and we will arrange you there; if you don't know, we will recommend some we know for you.
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