Migration corridor and habitat survey in Xia’erxili, China

Liu Lin

The wire fence along the international boundary between China and Kazakhstan is blocking the migration of saiga antelope and other mammals. We aim to raise conservation awareness of the local community and open more migration corridors for wild animals. We will work in Xia’erxili Nature Reserve, which presents the highest potential habitat for saiga in China. Our main target stakeholder will be the local military. Their involvement will be promoted through education and field survey participation. We will create maps showing the most suitable sites for migration corridor using GIS. Thus, more effective corridors could be opened to facilitate the migration of wild animals and that could lay firm foundation for the conservation of saiga in China.