The population of a critically endangered crane has continued to increase in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region thanks to enhanced conservation efforts in recent years, an environmental protection official said Tuesday.
Tibet currently has more than 8,000 black-necked cranes, at least 80 percent of the world's total, said Jampel, deputy chief of the regional environment protection administration.
He said the figure represented a significant increase from 6,900 reported in 2007, and 3,900 in 1992.
Black-necked cranes are native to the plateau regions of China, India, Bhutan and Nepal. They are among some 90 endangered species on China's top protection list, along with the giant panda and golden monkey.
The species is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species, with less than 10,000 in the world.
Black-necked cranes are seen in a reservoir where they spend the winter season in Linzhou County of Lhasa City, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, in January of 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]