Qinghai Dulan, 4 April (ZXS) -- From hunting grounds to protected areas, plateau herdsmen and their husband and wife have been guarding wild animals for nearly half of their lives

Written by Li Jun

Located in Dulan County, Haixi Mongolian Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, located in the Qaidam Basin, snowflakes drift in Relong Village, Gouli Township, nearly 4200,<> meters above sea level. In front of a panel house in the col, a Tibetan couple stood here.

"There are so many stone chickens and hares, and I saw Tibetan foxes on the way when I came." When the reporter sighed, the 53-year-old meat guard greeted the reporter in "Tibetan and Pu dialect": "Now most of the wild animals are in the mountains, and in August and September, they all come out and call it much." ”

Entering the Tibetan-style courtyard, there are signs of the Dulan County Gouli Hezhilong Wildlife Protection and Rescue Station, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Ecological Research Station and the distribution map of wildlife resources in Dulan County at the door, and the courtyard is surrounded by rare wildlife photos taken by photographers from all over the world.

"These were taken by photographers, and it used to be a hunting ground, now it is a reserve, a 'paradise' for wildlife lovers." Meat Pao said.

"At that time, we were grazing cattle, and it was not good to see them fighting and killing. From 1995 to 2005, there were obviously fewer horse musk and rock sheep. If you want their life to make a specimen, it is better to take a picture, as long as it is alive, it can be seen. A wild animal is extinct, and you can't buy it for any amount of money. Meat Pao said.

In 2005, the 35-year-old Meat Protection applied to the county and township government to build a protection station and voluntarily protect wild animals. After years of hard work, in 2009, the local government built a panel house on the pasture of the meat protection family, and in 2010, the Gouli Hezhilong Wildlife Protection and Rescue Station in Dulan County was inaugurated.

The picture shows the meat guard observing nearby wildlife outside the panel house. Photo by China News Agency reporter Li Jun

Every day after that, the butcher grazes with a camera from a friend, and takes pictures of wild animals as powerful or cute. After that, there were no more hunters, and many experts and photographers who studied and photographed wild animals were welcomed, according to the meat guard. Since then, he has become an expert and a guide for photographers.

Later, he learned from experts how and how to rescue animals, and photographers from all over China. When he encounters injured wild animals, he brings them back to his wife's care, and the villagers are influenced by him to send animals in need of rescue to the couple.

"Wild animals adapt to the high altitudes we have here, and sending them to lower altitudes is not necessarily a good thing for them. There is an 80-kilometer mountain road from the protection station to the nearest town of Xiangrid, and it takes at least an hour and a half to drive to the county or Xining, and it takes too long to get to the county or Xining, and some animals can't afford to toss. Meat Pao said.

Since 2009, the meat protection camera has recorded more than 90 kinds of birds of prey, more than 30 kinds of herbivores and more than <> kinds of herbivores, and countless video pictures such as snow leopards, bears, wolves, and Tibetan wild asses. Rare pictures such as Tibetan foxes, marmots, hares in the same frame, and three snow leopards in the same frame were recorded by him.

The picture shows the meat protection couple watching the wild animals photographed together. Photo by China News Agency reporter Li Jun

Shi Yonghong, director of the Dulan County Wildlife Protection Center, said: "Their husband and wife protect and rescue wild animals without pay, they are the outpost of our protection of wild animals, they have brought up the awareness of the protection of fellow villagers, nearly 4,<> fellow villagers in the county have become the guardians of key distribution areas of wild animals and ecologically fragile areas, and after training for ecological observation, they patrol <>,<> kilometers every year." ”

In recent years, with the increase of protection, the number of wild animals has undergone a new growth trend. According to incomplete statistics, at present, the reserves of various large wild animals living in Dulan County are about 13,<>, and endangered protected animals such as snow leopards, jackals, and black-necked cranes have a stable habitat.

Speaking of free protection of wild animals, Meat Protection said: "We have grassland incentives, most of the food and drink are supported by photographers and survey researchers, and the annual expenditure of 560,000 yuan (RMB) is spent on animals (rescue), but protecting the ecology is not a matter of one person, it is everyone's business, because the ecological wealth on the earth is the most valuable." (End)