Wild Wonders of China is an initiative which seeks to bring you the wild side of China, with fascinating wildlife and spectacular places that most people don’t even know exist. It is supported by Fondation Iris.

 

OCEANIC TAIWAN

TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017

Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

 

 

MEILI & BAIMA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVES

YUNNAN - OCTOBER 2017

The Three Parallel Rivers Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in northwestern Yunnan Province in China. With widely varying temperatures and rainfalls, and with elevations ranging from 1000 up to the 6740 meters Mount Kawagebo, it may be the most biologically diverse temperate region on the planet. It is home to many endemic species of animals, birds and plants. It is the very epicenter of rhododendron and azalea development, and it is also geologically diverse, with karst, sandstone, and granite formations all occurring here. The region is home to charismatic wildlife such as snow-leopard, clouded leopard, tibetan brown bear, otter, takin, muntjac and many more. The world’s highest-dwelling non-human primate, the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, lives there as well as several other very local primates. It is, simply put, a treasure of himalayan biodiversity.

 

 

YANGXIAN NATURE RESERVE

SHAANXI - SEPTEMBER 2017

The Taibaishan area, of almost 1000 sq km, is number 11 of the original “Minor Dongtian’s” from 400-500 AD, all then officially protected by the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty in 725 AD. Dongtians, or “Cave Heavens”, are de facto nature reserves from early Taoist times, and this has been a protected area since almost 1600 years. The Dongtian system of ancient nature reserves, with in all 157 "Cave Heavens" is one of the main reasons that wonderful animals like the Great panda and the Golden snub-nosed monkey survived into our times and were not all killed hundreds of years ago. This is the by far oldest of all protected area networks in the world. The Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is now increasing in numbers in large part of its distribution area, thanks to modern chinese nature conservation actions. One of Chinas wildlife comeback species!

 

 

TONGBIGUAN NATURE RESERVE

DEHONG, YUNNAN - APRIL 2017

Dehong prefecture is the “Biodiversity Hotspot” of China, where the himalayan, central chinese, and indo-malayan species all meet. The area near the Myanmar border holds some of the more intact rainforests in the region, a biosphere reserve known in chinese as Tongbiguan. It is home to myriad species of wildlife, including gibbons, other rare monkeys, and giant squirrels. It is also part of the area that birders refer to as the "Golden triangle of birding," and several endemic species of birds can be found here. The flagship species are without doubt the three hornbill-species (Great, Wreathed and Oriental pied hornbill) and the difficult to find pheasant species (Kalij pheasant, Grey peacock pheasant, and Jungle fowl).

 

TAIGA FOREST

HEILONGJIANG - JULY 2016

Heilongjiang is a province in the Northeast of China, bordering to Russian Siberia, with vast tracts of boreal forest. Here the great Northern Boreal forest belt, or the Taiga, reaches its southeastern limit. The Taiga then stretches from here all the way west to Scandinavia and northeast to Vladivostok.

 

 

UNKNOWN HONG KONG

HONG KONG - JUNE 2016

Hong Kong is surrounded by coast, wetland, rainforest and a surprisingly vibrant sea, which is populated with colourful fish and many other creatures. That is an urban underwater wildlife scene, unknown to many people living just a stone's throw away. It is a place full of reptiles and amphibians of many different kinds. Three of the reptiles here are endemic.

 

 

TAOIST BEIYUE HENGSHAN

SHANXI - MAY 2016

Beiyue Hengshan is an ancient Taoist and Buddhist sacred temple mountain in the Shanxi province, called "The Eternal". As one of the first protected areas in the world, it was declared a "Cave Heaven", "Dongtien Fudi", already some 1800 years ago and has been protected ever since. It is today a National Park.

 

 

MONGOLIAN GREAT STEPPES

INNER MONGOLIA - MAY 2016

An assignment by Wild Wonders of China to photograph steppe and semi-desert wildlife in Inner Mongolia. In the land of wide green grasslands, dry steppes, arid semi-deserts and rolling mountains. Especially the birdlife was abundant.

 

 

TANGJIAHE NATURE RESERVE

SICHUAN - APRIL 2015

Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve is one of China’s  finest wildlife areas, with rich biodiversity and impressive numbers of large mammals. The area is protected since 1978, resulting in a remarkable wildlife comeback. With increasing numbers of animals and birds becoming less shy and less afraid of humans, a trip to Tangjiahe allows the visitor to regularly see a wide variety of wildlife. Species like takin, Reeves’s muntjac, goral and wild boar can be seen on a daily basis, and species like himalayan black bear, tufted deer, serow, and eurasian otter are spotted frequently. With real luck, visitors may even catch a glimpse of animals like giant panda, wolf, or leopard. The bird life is magnificent and rich, with beautiful Chinese  flagship species like the golden pheasant and Temminck’s tragopan among its top attractions. Due to its exceptional diversity of wildlife,Tangjiahe was selected as the area for the first Pioneer Expedition by the Wild Wonders of China team.

 

 

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