Monitoring and Conservation of Tibetan Antelopes and other mid-large size Mammals along Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Highway

Lin Xia

The Qinghai-Tibet Highway and the accompanying new railway are major passages between Tibet and the hinterlands which pass through three national nature reserves and along the main migration route of the Tibetan antelope. Railways have little impact on wildlife movement but the antelope migration was greatly affected by the traffic and human activities coming from the highway. This project aims to reduce the disturbance caused to the migration of Tibetan antelopes and other large mammals along the railway and highway by assessing the impact of traffic and fencing using basic field techniques. The results will be analysed together with data collected during our 2004-2006 CLP-funded project. A detailed report will be presented to the local government and the transportation agencies to enable further conservation planning.

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