China Wildlife Photography Adventure Destination Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve Yushu Suojia Kekexili

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The Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reseve, the “Three Rivers Source” refers to the sources of the Yangtze River, Yellow River and Mekong, or Lancang River, located on the Tibetan Plateau in western China, in southern Qinghai province. The area covers 152,300 square kilometres, account for 21% of Qinghai province, and has a current population of 556,000, 90% of whom are Tibetan. There are also Han, Hui, Salar and Mongol residents.

Sanjiangyuan nature reserve was established to protect the headwaters of these three rivers. The reserve consists of 18 subareas. These are of three types: wetland conservation (8 subareas), wildlife conservation (3 subareas: Suojia-Qumahe, Jiangxi, Bazha), and shrubland/forest conservation (7 subareas). Each SNNR subarea has three zones: a core zone; a buffer zone; a multiple-use experimental zone.

Forests have been damaged and 20% of local species are endangered. In some areas it is hard for locals to survive and they have no choice but to move.

Birds in Sanjiangyuan area: Tibetan snowcock, Tibetan partridge, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Bar-headed goose, Ruddy shelduck, Mallard, Spot-billed duck, Common teal, Common pochard, Common merganser, Common hoopoe, Fork-tailed swift, Little owl, Hill pigeon, Red collared dove, Black-necked crane, Tibetan sandgrouse, Common redshank, Green sandpiper, Common sandpiper, Ibisbill, Little ringed plover, Lesser sand plover, Pallas's gull, Brown-headed gull, Common tern, Black-eared kite, Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, Cinereous vulture, Common buzzard, Upland buzzard, Steppe eagle, Golden eagle, Common kestrel, Merlin, Saker falcon, Peregrine falcon, Great crested grebe,Little egret, Grey heron, Black stork, Hume's groundpecker, Red-billed chough, Common raven, White-throated dipper, Black redstart, Hodgson's redstart, Daurian redstart, White-winged redstart, White-capped water redstart, Common starling, Wallcreeper, Sand martin, Asian house martin, White-browed tit warbler, Tibetan lark, Oriental skylark, Horned lark, House sparrow, Eurasian tree sparrow, White-winged snowfinch, TIbetan snowfinch, White-rumped snowfinch, Rufous-necked snowfinch, Plain-backed snowfinch, White wagtail, Citrine wagtail, Richard's pipit, Alpine accentor, Robin accentor, Brown accentor, Twite, Brandt's mountain finch, Common rosefinch, Streaked rosefinch, Great rosefinch, Red-fronted rosefinch.

Mammles in Sanjiangyuan area: Wolf, Red fox, Sand fox, Brown bear, Otter, Alpine weasel, Steppe polecat, Eurasian badger, Pallas's cat, Lynx, Snow Leopard, Wild Ass, Alpine musk deer, Wild yak, Tibetan antelope, Tibetan gazelle, White-lipped deer, Blue sheep, Tibetan argali, Himalayan marmot, Tibetan hamster, Black-lipped pika, Large-eared pika, Glovers pika, Wooly hare


In our photography trip, or wildlife survey watching tour, we will arrange Nangqing, Zhiduo, Chumalai area for tracking wild animals.
In some monasteries in Sanjiangyuan area, special in Yushu prefectures such as Nangqing, Zhiduo, Chumalai area, a lot of wild animals living with local people.

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