(Yicai Global) Oct. 26 -- With approval from China's State Forestry Administration, 10 saker falcons left Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport in northern Gansu province bound for Qatar on Tuesday.
A saker is a breed of falcon generally found in Eurasia. It is included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List and is a second-class animal under state protection in China.
The Qatari royal family requested the sakers from China to carry out scientific research, and China agreed to hand them over. The falcons were taken from Zhangye in Gansu province under the guidance of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
The saker falcon (Falco Cherrug) is a large, powerful bird of prey with an exceptionally broad wingspan for its size and has been recorded flying at greater (horizontal) speeds in excess of the 180-200 miles per hour of the hunting dive of peregrine falcons.