Drought severely endangers Yunnan's wild animals and plants (2)

13:49, May 06, 2010      

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The Asian elephant lives in the surrounding areas of Mengkuang Village, Nuozhadu Town, Lancang Lahu Autonomous County of Pu'er. It now refuses to return to the forest after traveling to areas near the Lancang River to find water. The elephants have been staying in the nearby village and farmland, threatening the lives and property of the local villagers. The black-necked crane lives on the reserve in Huize County of Qujing and usually does not leave until the end of March or early April. This year however, they left one month in advance.

According to Yang Xiaojun, the dried out wetlands directly led to the death of animals. The wild animals in parts of the arid regions also have decreased. Fish and amphibians are the most affected and birds are close behind. Specifically, the water shortages led to a large number of species gathering in water resource areas at the same time, increasing the risk of death.

Because of the drought, some animals that are currently in breeding season, especially fishes and frogs, cannot breed normally. The drought and high temperatures may also cause animals to migrate northwards disturbing the natural habitat of native animals, and giving the non-native species from other places an opportunity to mix with local species.

By People's Daily Online
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