Reporters learned from the Hoh Xil Soinam Targyai Conservation Station on March 8th, due to continued snowfall, groups of Tibetan antelopes and Tibetan kiangs were seen grazing by Qinghai-Tibet Highway.
Tibetan antelopes live in groups on plateau meadows, desert areas and lake areas between 3,250 to 5,500 meters above sea level. Every day at morning and dusk, they would come out and look for food, but during the winter and spring, the accumulated snow on the mountains leads to a food shortage, so the Tibetan antelopes could be seen looking for food during the daytime as well.
According to employees at the Hoh Xil Soinam Targyai Conservation Station, March is breeding season for Tibetan antelopes, and they are usually never seen by the road. Since spring began, the Hoh Xil region has had more than 10 snowfalls, which has led to groups of Tibetan antelopes and Tibetan kiangs to gather and graze for food along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway, becoming a very rare ecological landscape by the highway.
In recent years, the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve and surrounding area has provided effective protection for wildlife, enabling an increase in both the species and the number of them. In particular, the number of Tibetan antelopes has increased from around 20 thousand about a dozen years ago to more than 60 thousand today.
Tibetan antelopes graze for food along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway.