Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The black-necked cranes of Shangri-la

WWF - Buddah birds: Protecting the black-necked cranes of Shangri-la: "A rare species endemic to the Tibetan Plateau, the cranes have also achieved something of an iconic status in the tiny village of Hamagu, on the edge of the Napahai wetland in Shangri-la County in China’s northwest Yunnan Province. Here, villagers are tying their fortunes to the cranes’ popularity as they are becoming more and more of a tourist attraction. But those small fortunes will depend on how well the bird’s habitat is protected."

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