Earth Science News  





. Number Of Tibetan Antelopes Dwindles To Under 100 000

Tibetan antelopes live in an area of more than 700,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) across Xinjiang, Qinghai province and Tibet in China's west.
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Mar 14, 2006
The number of China's endangered Tibetan antelopes has dwindled to as little as 70,000 due to excessive poaching and destruction of their habitats, a Chinese lawmaker said Monday.

The population of the endangered species has fallen from about one million a century ago to between 70,000 and 100,000, Xinhua news agency quoted legislator Abdulla Abbas from northwest China's Xinjiang province as saying.

One of the main reasons for their decline is international traffickers using their fur to make shahtoosh shawls, Abbas said. The shawls sell for up to 15,000 dollars each in upscale boutiques in Europe and elsewhere.

Abbas called for strict protection of a new Tibetan antelope breeding base in the western part of Kunlun Mountains in China's far northwest Xinjiang region, where about 4,000 to 4,500 female antelopes have given birth to lambs.

"We should take prompt measures to protect the new breeding place, since it has not been under any protection yet," said the university professor on the sidelines of the National People's Congress, the annual parliamentary session.

Tibetan antelopes live in an area of more than 700,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) across Xinjiang, Qinghai province and Tibet in China's west.

Tibetan antelopes have been protected under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species since 1979 and have been listed as Class-A protected wildlife in China's Wildlife Protection Law since 1988.

The Tibetan antelope is believed to have numbered about one million at the turn of the 20th century, but fell to about 100,000 animals in the mid-1990s.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
News about animals from around the world

Leave It To Salmon To Leave No Stone Unturned
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 10, 2006
Like an armada of small rototillers, female salmon can industriously churn up entire stream beds from end to end, sometimes more than once, using just their tails. For decades ecologists have believed that salmon nest-digging triggered only local effects.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Louisiana Selects SGI For Storm Modeling And Visualization
  • Search For Katrina's Dead Stymied By Bureaucratic Wrangling
  • China Offers Bangladesh River Data For Flood Forecasts
  • Thailand To Make Evacuation Plans After Underwater Tremors

  • War-Ravaged Somalia In Conflict With Severe Drought
  • Water Restrictions Imposed On London As Drought Fears Worsen
  • Study Previews Ice Sheet Melting, Rapid Climate Change
  • NASA Finds Stronger Storms Change Heat And Rainfall Worldwide

  • Goodrich Delivers True Color Images On Japanese EO Satellite
  • International Symposium On Radar Altimetry To Meet In Venice
  • Satellites Ensure Safe Passage Through Treacherous Waters In Ocean Race
  • ESA Satellite Program Monitors Dangerous Ocean Eddies

  • Price Of Processing Ultra-Clean Coal Gets Economical
  • Energy-Efficient Housing: Project Debuts Air-Handling System
  • CSIRO Builds Smart Energy System
  • Spanish Test Out Olives As Energy Source

  • Creation Of Antibiotic In Test Tube Looks To Better Antibiotics
  • Bird Flu Damages EU Economies
  • Incentive Plan Targets Neglected Diseases
  • Crippling Indian Ocean Epidemic Detected in France

  • Number Of Tibetan Antelopes Dwindles To Under 100,000
  • Leave It To Salmon To Leave No Stone Unturned
  • Mass Extinctions - Outer Space Threat Or Our Own Planets Detox
  • Bering Sea Ecosystem Responding To Changes In Arctic Climate

  • South Korea Issues Warning As Yellow Snow Falls
  • China Says Spring Thawing No Threat For Toxic River
  • Buffering Runoff From Dairy Farms
  • Oil Pipeline Breach Sparks One Of Worst Spills In Alaska

  • 'Wild' Play As A Child Breeds Respect For Environment In Adults
  • Most Human Chimp Differences Due To Gene Regulation Not Genes
  • Stuffing Our Kids So They Can Die First
  • Magdalenian Girl Has Oldest Recorded Case Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement