WILD WONDERS OF CHINA
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).
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.