China Conservation Programme
Chester Zoo supports the conservation of endemic birds, Red and Giant Pandas and other threatened wildlife in China.
Sichuan Forest Biodiversity Project
The Sichuan Mountains of China offer outstanding habitat for a wide range of wildlife and contain important populations of species such as Giant and Red Panda and many threatened birds that occur only in this region.
Our work in China focusses on the Sichuan Forest Biodiversity Project, a collaborative project between Chester Zoo, the Sichuan Forestry Department and Liverpool John Moore’s University.
This project has helped to establish and protect four forest reserves, of which two have now been upgraded to National Nature Reserve status.
Working closely with local communities and the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, the project involves a number of community sustainability initiatives which work to reduce dependency on forest resources.
Our staff are heavily involved in many areas, from providing technical expertise to funds for infrastructure, capacity building and research.
Another area of support for us in China is for the endemic Blue-crowned Laughingthrush.
This critically endangered bird is now restricted to a small area around the town of Wuyuan in south east China where around 200 individuals survive.
Coordinated by Chester Zoo, a consortium of European partners support the field research and protection of the Blue-crowned Laughingthrush.
Our staff have been heavily involved in this project with significant technical support and research dedicated to the monitoring and protection of the species.
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