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Thursday, February 21, 2008

China's Last Elephant Herd Dwindles

Did you know China still has an elephant herd? Efforts are underway to protect the remaining 400.

In rapidly developing China? Good luck.

In addition to sharing a border – and the Mekong River – with Laos, Yunnan province also shares China's last herd of Asian elephants, which in recent years has dwindled to only 400 elephants. The herd lives in nature reserves near the border between China and Laos.

This week the Yunnan Provincial Forestry Department met with their counterparts from Laos in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture to discuss ways to protect the endangered Asian elephant, which falls under China's grade-one protection for endangered animal species.

Photo by wynjym.

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