(Yicai Global) Oct. 27 -- Tibetan antelope numbers have increased to more than 150,000 and the medium-sized bovid is no longer considered to be endangered.
Rampant poaching once drove the population of Tibetan antelope to the verge of extinction. However, conservation efforts by both the Chinese government and the local population have allowed numbers to rebound. In September, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature adjusted the conservation status of the Tibetan antelope from 'endangered' to 'near threatened.'
Another antelope species unique to Tibet, the Cervus elaphus wallichii, once believed to be extinct, has also re-appeared and numbers around 1,000 today, Mr. Wang Haizhou, vice chairman of the People's Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said yesterday.
The local government has an action plan to safeguard regional biological diversity in Tibet, he said. Nature reserves account for 33.9 percent of the total area of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The 125 species of wild animals and 39 species of wild plants that are of national conservation priority are being effectively protected in Tibet.