The wildlife of China

Animals in China

In China there are at least more than 100 wild animal species unique including such well-known rare animals as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, Siberian tiger, red-crowned crane and Chinese alligator. It is to say that some of this animals that I´ll speak about, are vulnerable to extinction and that they are very important for the Chinese culture as they have special significant for its people.

Giant Panda: This black-and-white giant panda weighs on average 135 kg and lives on tender bamboo leaves and bamboo shoots. Because it is extremely rare – just over 1,500 are left at present – it has become the symbol of the world’s protected wild animals. The Giant Panda is considered a national treasure in China


Siberian Tiger: Everyone knows this tiger is one of the biggest predators of the world. This Tiger lives in the  snow-covered mountains in north-east China


Golden Monkey: Considered just as the panda, this monkey is a national treasure. However, this national treasure is in endangered due to the deforestation.


Chinese Alligator: Similar to the American alligators but smaller and armored all along its body

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Baiji: Known as the Yangtze River Dolphin is a fresh water dolphin only found in the Yangtze River. Sadly it has been categorized as critically endangered and possibly extinct, since a 2006 expedition failed to find any of the species in the river.

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Red-crowned crane: This animal could be as tall as 1.2 m, is covered with white feathers, with a distinctive patch of exposed red skin crowning its head and is regarded as a symbol of longevity in East Asia.

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Red Panda: Native of China, this small panda is found in the mountainous forests of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Even if it is no longer categorized as endangered it is still vulnerable

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Plants of China:

China has one of the most abundant plant life in the world. We could say that there are more than 32.000 species of plants. Furthermore , there are more than 7.000species of woody plants including 2.800-odd tree species

This plants are only found in China:

  1. The metasequoia
  2. Chinese cypress
  3. Cathay silver fir
  4. China fir
  5. Golden larch
  6. Taiwan fir
  7. Fujian cypress
  8. Dove-tree
  9. Eucommia
  10. Camplotheca acuminata

Sources: Plants and Animals in China. Retrieved 18:30, 14-1-2014

China Family Adventure: Wildlife in China. Retrieved 18:00, 14-01-2014 China´s wildlife, Retrieved 18:00 14-01-2014

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