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“Dining Room” for wild elephants built in Xishuangbanna

By Shan Xin (People's Daily Online)    16:20, July 10, 2017

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Wild Asian elephants got their own “dining room” recently in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province.

The local national nature reserve administration said the measure aims at mitigating human-wildlife conflict, as wild Asian animals are known to trouble local farmers by eating crops, destroying property, and injuring people.

Covering an area of 1,000 mu (66.7 hectares), the protection base is located by the Lancang River. Trees such as Paper Mulberry and Tiger Grass were planted according to the feeding habits of wild Asian elephants.

An Asian elephants conservation Program purchased twelve infrared cameras in May to monitor the activities of the wild animals. The cameras show that a lot of Asian elephants, red deer, and wild boar come to the base to forage, proving the measure to be effective.

Wild Asian elephants are a class-one protected animal in China. Yunnan province is home to about 300 of them, mainly in the areas of Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Lincang. 

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