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XINJIANG, February 24 -- Five desert parks in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been added into the list of National Desert Parks at the end of last year, since which, the number of National Desert Parks in Xinjiang reached 22. Therefore, Xinjiang owns the most National Desert Parks in China compared with other provinces.

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BEIJING, February 9 --  A new central document on natural areas in need of protection demonstrates China's desire for environmental progress.

Demarcation of the exact boundaries of natural areas with important ecological functions will be completed by the end of 2020, according to the document released Tuesday by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

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GUIZHOU, January 23, China Daily -- Twelve elephants from Laos made their debut at Guizhou Forest Wildlife Zoo on Jan 19. Children and visitors enjoyed interacting with the zoo’s latest inhabitants.

The twelve elephants, ranging from 2 to 40 years old, were transported via road from Laos –– a journey of 1,300 kilometers.

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YUNNAN, January 13, China Daily -- Calls have been made for the gibbon to be classified as an endangered animal Chinese scientists announced on Thursday in Kunming, Yunnan province, that less than 200 hoolock gibbons distributed in the province are actually an entirely new species, known as the Gaoligonghoolock gibbon (Hoolocktianxing).

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HANGZHOU, January 11, Xinhua -- A total of 15 Chinese mergansers, an endangered bird species under state class-one protection, have been spotted in Wenzhou City in east China's Zhejiang Province, a bird protection association said on Wednesday.

It is the first time that this many Chinese mergansers have been seen in the city, said Wang Xiaoning, secretary-general of the association.

Six of them were found in Yongjia County, while another 9 were found in Wencheng County, according to Wang.

Chinese mergansers have a history of more than 10 million years. There are about 1,000 of them worldwide, and Russia's Far East and China serve as their main breeding ground.

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