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|Tuesday, September 11, 2001, updated at 10:46(GMT+8)|
Inland Province Protects Endangered Wild AnimalsThe inland province of Gansu, northwest China, has worked diligently to build a sound environment for its endangered animal species and has won praise from home and abroad for the effort.
The Gansu Endangered Animals Research Center, located in Wuwei on the edge of the Tengger Desert, is a perfect habitat for 11 species of rare animals.
The center has fenced up to 9,000 hectares of sandy land for tree planting since it opened in 1987. At present, the forest coverage rate in the center, totaling 170,000 hectares in area, has exceeded more than 50 percent.
Center director Zhang Guoqi said that his facility has introduced Poliakov wild horses and Saiga antelopes from Britain, Germany, the United States and Russia, and the Tibetan wild ass, camels, golden monkeys and deer from Qinghai Province, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions in the past decade- plus.
Zhang said that the Gansu center has been successful in breeding these wild animals and now has more than 140 animals of endangered species.
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