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Medog Nature Reserve

Medog Nature Reserve

In the valleys of the Yarlungzangbo River's great bend, at the southeastern border of China on the Qinghai — Tibet plateau, there is a less traveled virgin land. This is the famous Medog Nature Reserve set up in 1985 and covering a total area of 62, 620 hectares, in which all the major vegetation types of the humid regions of the northern hemisphere can be seen. Although nearing the high latitude of 29 ° N, it also houses tropical biotic species because of its special nature environment. The Reserve is thus a microcosm of all the types of vegetation existing between the North Pole and China's Hainan Island.

Medog Nature Reserve

The complex nature environment contains very rich biotic resources; types of vegetation are also in a great variety. The Reserve houses over 3.000 species of higher plants, including over 40 species named after Medog. Varied plants from tropical to Frigid Zone can be seen here. The thick forests provide excellent living and breeding conditions for the wild animals. According to statistics, over 40 species of wild animals under key national protection have been found in the Reserve, accounting for one quarter of the total number of animal species now under key national protection list. Such as langur, black-headed tragopan, red-chested tragopan, grey-bellied tragopan which are peculiar to Tibet, zibeth, rasse, hornbill, clouded leopard, boa, king cobra living in tropical and subtropical regions and lesser panda. In future, this large virgin place will become a gene bank of biotic species sources to preserve more resources of rare wildlife in China. A museum of plants really deserves its name. All above is just a corner of the iceberg. And it is far richer than people imagine.

Medog Nature Reserve

When you walk in the mountains and forests of Medog, Please watch out the Thorns.

 


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