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China To Build Permanent Tibetan Antelope Monitoring Station


(Xinhua) Chinese officials have announced the establishment of a permanentmonitoring station to watch Tibetan antelopes, or chiru, to safeguard thebreeding of the endangered species. A number of wooden or brick-structuredhouses are expected to be constructed along the bank of Zonag Lake in Hoh XilTibetan Antelope Nature Reserve as of May to allow three to five forestry andveterinary staff to maintain a permanent presence in the area. More than30,000female Tibetan antelopes flock to the lake region between May and Augusteveryyear and 80 percent produce their young there. Previously, researchers andanti-poaching patrols visited the area during the breeding season but theystayed in tents.


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