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Tibet: hometown for black-necked cranes
08:31, February 20, 2010  
Tibet: hometown for black-necked cranes

Black-necked cranes play in a highland barley field in front of a rural community by the Lhasa River, Tibet's capital of Lhasa. (Xinhua Photo)

Tibet, the home to 125 species of wile animals under national top protection, has made great success in eco-construction and environmental protection.

In 2009, the International Association for Crane Protection conducted a scientific survey on the Tibetan Plateau in the hope of learning whether the campaign to develop China's vast western region had damaged the inhabitation of black-necked cranes. As a result, they were amazed to find that at least 70 percent of these birds populated there.

From January to March 2009, about 4,200 such cranes spent winter in Tibet, 300 more than in 1992, according to the U.S. International Crane Foundation and Tibet's Plateau Species Research Center.

Source: Xinhuanet
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