China Plans to Build a New National Park! It’s 60% BIGGER Than YELLOWSTONE!

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Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography | Travel


China has new plans to save not one, but two endangered species with a massive national park. Both the Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard are on the list for being saved before they go extinct. The park is planned to be located in northeast China in the Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces.

With plans to make the new park cover 14,600 square kilometers, it will be 60% bigger than Yellowstone in the U.S. There’s a plan in place, according to Xinhua that will have the park ready to go by 2020. Let’s see how they plan to save these animals.

The Plan to Save the Tigers

Female Amur tiger Iris licks its 7-week-old cub during one of their first walks in an open-air cage at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk September 29, 2011. Iris gave birth to three cubs in the beginning of August, according to zoo employees. The Amur tiger is an endangered species. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS)

In 1998, the number of wild Siberian tigers was only six to nine in this area. In 2015, this number was up to 27 which resulted from conservation efforts and a logging ban. The current reserve isn’t big enough, with an estimated 400 more living in Russia.

The global population of Amur leopards was less than 30 in 2007, due to hunting and human intervention. Again, this was doubled in 2015 because of conservation groups like the World Wildfire Fund.

China’s current national reserves and protected land are currently split up and not very effective as a result. In 2013, they decided to start building national parks to protect species like these ones, Tibetan antelopes, and the Asian elephant.

China’s National Park Plan & How it Compares

A tiger clutches a stack of bamboo in the snow at a zoo in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, February 9, 2014. Picture taken February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTX18KD1

A national park for giant pandas was also recently commissioned, which will span 27,000 square kilometers. Of course, both of these new parks still don’t break the record. That belongs to Northeast Greenland National Park, which is 972,000 square kilometers. Even so, these new parks will be integral in help China sustain it’s wildlife.

Over to You

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It’s awesome to see China pushing forward with their plans for a national park, as it will keep yet another species from dying out. What do you think of these new projects? Which species do you hope will receive its own sanctuary? Let us know in the comments!



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