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Wild Wonders of China is an initiative which seeks to bring you the wild side of China, with fascinating wildlife and spectacular places that most people don’t even know exist. It is supported by Fondation Iris.

WILD WONDERS OF CHINA

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Taiwan yuhina, Yuhina brunneiceps, among cherry blossoms. Also known as Formosan yuhina. Endemic. Alishan National Scenic Area, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Taiwan Collared bush robin or Johnstone's robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae). Endemic. Hehuanshan, Taroko National Park, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Taiwan or Formosan sika deer (Cervus nippon taiouanus). Endemic. Kenting National Park, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Taiwan yuhina, Yuhina brunneiceps, among cherry blossoms. Also known as Formosan yuhina. Endemic. Alishan National Scenic Area, Taiwan

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre, Sichuan, China. Captive

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Black-and-white snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus bieti, also known as the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, Ta Cheng Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Red-headed Trogon, Harpactes erythrocephalus, Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong, Yunnan, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre, Sichuan, China. Captive

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Danxia type of eroded desert clay layers, shaped by wind, rain and snow, Kalamaili National Nature Reserve, Xinjiang

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Drift sand dunes in the Gobi desert outside Dunhuang in Gansu

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Bactrian camel, male, Camelus bactrianus, a feral animal living in the wild, but owned by a camel herdsman, often of Kazakh ethinicity. Kalamaili Nature *Reserve, Xinjiang

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Danxia type of eroded desert clay layers, shaped by wind, rain and snow, Kalamaili National Nature Reserve, Xinjiang

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Asian Wild Ass, or Kiang, Equus kiang, Keke Xili or Hoh Xil nature reserve, at 4200 m asl. Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Snow leopard, Panthera uncia, Angsai nature reserve, "Valley of the Cats", Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Blue sheep, Ovis nahoor, adult male, Angsai nature reserve, "Valley of the Cats", Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Asian Wild Ass, or Kiang, Equus kiang, Keke Xili or Hoh Xil nature reserve, at 4200 m asl. Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana, hanging and holding on with its hands to a branch, Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, China

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

The Skywalker hoolock gibbon or Gaoligong hoolock gibbon, Hoolock tianxing, Gaoligong Mountains National Nature Reserve, Yunnan Province, China

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Emperor newt, Tylototriton shanjing, is also called Mandarin newt or Mandarin salamander (in Chinese 红瘰疣螈), Gaoligong Mountains National Nature Reserve, Yunnan Province, China.

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana, hanging and holding on with its hands to a branch, Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, China

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Buzzard bird and honey bees. Oriental or Crested honey buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus, Chayi, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Osprey catching fish, Pandion haliaetus, Bi Tan Bay, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Crested Serpent Eagle fly. Crested Serpent Eagle, young bird, Spilornis cheela, Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Buzzard bird and honey bees. Oriental or Crested honey buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus, Chayi, Taiwan

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Juvenile flying fish, Cypselurus sp, family Exocoetidae, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. Longdong (Dragon Cave) is the largest bay on the Northeast Coast and the bay host an abundant marine life.

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Weedy scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, or popeyed scorpionfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. One out of the six mysterious Rhinopia-species. Rhinopias are highly sought after by aquarists who collect rare and unusual species so the price is high in the aquarium trade with the highest export to Japan.

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Yellow-edged moray, Gymnothorax flavimarginatus, Green Island, Taiwan. This moray eel was recently identified as natural predator of the lionfish Pterois miles in its native habitat in the Red Sea.

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Juvenile flying fish, Cypselurus sp, family Exocoetidae, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. Longdong (Dragon Cave) is the largest bay on the Northeast Coast and the bay host an abundant marine life.

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Red-billed Blue Magpie, Urocissa erythroryncha, flying, Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China
Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Male Golden pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus, photographed while jumping in Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China

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Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China
Magnus Lundgren/Wild Wonders of China

Wreathed hornbill, Rhyticeros undulatus, or bar-pouched wreathed hornbill,similar to the plain-pouched hornbill, but the wreathed hornbill can be recognized by the dark bar on the lower throat. Dehong Prefecture is located in western Yunnan province bordering Burma, People's Republic of China.

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Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

Red-billed Blue Magpie, Urocissa erythroryncha, flying, Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, at Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve,
Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, at Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve,

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Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve, Shi
Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve, Shi

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

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Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, East Lake Greenway park, Wuhan, Hubei, China
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, East Lake Greenway park, Wuhan, Hubei, China

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Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, at Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve,
Père David's deer, or Milu, Elaphurus davidianus, at Hubei Tian'ezhou Milu National Nature Reserve,

Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  OCEANIC TAIWAN              

  TAIWAN - DECEMBER 2017    

Épervier strié
Épervier strié

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Vert plat
Vert plat

vert plat mission Taiwan

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Crevette-mante paon
Crevette-mante paon

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Épervier strié
Épervier strié

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Three weeks capturing Taiwan’s dynamic ocean: Taiwan is a spectacular island with a chilly northern coastline, islands in the east bathing in clear blue water, a dynamic peninsula in the south and Taiwan’s turtle island, Xiao Liuqiu, on the west side where sea turtles are so numerous.

  MEILI & BAIMA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVES

  YUNNAN - OCTOBER 2017

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The Three Parallel Rivers Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in northwestern Yunnan Province in China. With widely varying temperatures and rainfalls, and with elevations ranging from 1000 up to the 6740 meters Mount Kawagebo, it may be the most biologically diverse temperate region on the planet. It is home to many endemic species of animals, birds and plants. It is the very epicenter of rhododendron and azalea development, and it is also geologically diverse, with karst, sandstone, and granite formations all occurring here. The region is home to charismatic wildlife such as snow-leopard, clouded leopard, tibetan brown bear, otter, takin, muntjac and many more. The world’s highest-dwelling non-human primate, the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, lives there as well as several other very local primates. It is, simply put, a treasure of himalayan biodiversity.

  YANGXIAN NATURE RESERVE

  SHAANXI - SEPTEMBER 2017

The Taibaishan area, of almost 1000 sq km, is number 11 of the original “Minor Dongtian’s” from 400-500 AD, all then officially protected by the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty in 725 AD. Dongtians, or “Cave Heavens”, are de facto nature reserves from early Taoist times, and this has been a protected area since almost 1600 years. The Dongtian system of ancient nature reserves, with in all 157 "Cave Heavens" is one of the main reasons that wonderful animals like the Great panda and the Golden snub-nosed monkey survived into our times and were not all killed hundreds of years ago. This is the by far oldest of all protected area networks in the world. The Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is now increasing in numbers in large part of its distribution area, thanks to modern chinese nature conservation actions. One of Chinas wildlife comeback species!

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  YANGXIAN NATURE RESERVE

  SHAANXI - SEPTEMBER 2017

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The Taibaishan area, of almost 1000 sq km, is number 11 of the original “Minor Dongtian’s” from 400-500 AD, all then officially protected by the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty in 725 AD. Dongtians, or “Cave Heavens”, are de facto nature reserves from early Taoist times, and this has been a protected area since almost 1600 years. The Dongtian system of ancient nature reserves, with in all 157 "Cave Heavens" is one of the main reasons that wonderful animals like the Great panda and the Golden snub-nosed monkey survived into our times and were not all killed hundreds of years ago. This is the by far oldest of all protected area networks in the world. The Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is now increasing in numbers in large part of its distribution area, thanks to modern chinese nature conservation actions. One of Chinas wildlife comeback species!

  YANGXIAN NATURE RESERVE

  SHAANXI - SEPTEMBER 2017

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The Taibaishan area, of almost 1000 sq km, is number 11 of the original “Minor Dongtian’s” from 400-500 AD, all then officially protected by the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty in 725 AD. Dongtians, or “Cave Heavens”, are de facto nature reserves from early Taoist times, and this has been a protected area since almost 1600 years. The Dongtian system of ancient nature reserves, with in all 157 "Cave Heavens" is one of the main reasons that wonderful animals like the Great panda and the Golden snub-nosed monkey survived into our times and were not all killed hundreds of years ago. This is the by far oldest of all protected area networks in the world. The Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is now increasing in numbers in large part of its distribution area, thanks to modern chinese nature conservation actions. One of Chinas wildlife comeback species!