China News (Reported by Li Xiaoyan)
On the morning of April 4, an overseas media interview group, “Sacrificing the First Ancestor with the Same Root and Building a Dream with One Heart”, entered the Crested Ibis National Nature Reserve in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province. The delegation interviewed Zhang Yazu, director of the administration. According to Zhang, by the end of last year, the number of Crested Ibis had increased from 7 in 1981 to more than 9000.The habitat area has expanded from less than 5 square kilometers to 16000 square kilometers. The protection of crested ibis in China has become a successful example of saving endangered species in the world.
Crested ibis, known as the “Oriental Gem”, has been widely distributed in China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula and Siberia in history. In the middle and late 20th century, the crested ibis populations in other regions except China became extinct one after another.
The crested ibis protection model is a model formed in the practice of ecological civilization construction in China to explore the rescue and protection of very small populations, which reflects the new ideas in wildlife protection in China.
With the increase of the number of crested ibis, in order to alleviate the pressure of Yangxian County and solve the problems of inbreeding, the “relocation protection” and “wild release” of crested ibis have been launched one after another.The habitat of crested ibis has expanded from deep mountains to hills and plains, from a corner of Yangxian County to the whole Qinba area, from the Yangtze River Basin to the Yellow River Basin, from Shaanxi to the whole country, and to East Asian countries through donations.