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Science  19 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6301, pp. 744-745
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6301.744

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With little fanfare, China is creating its first system of national parks, a major step up in management and funding from the current mishmash of national reserves, semiprotected forests, and provincial parks. About two dozen national parks are planned, and the first four mentioned by state media aim to protect charismatic mammals: Asian elephants, giant pandas, Tibetan antelopes, Siberian tigers, and Amur leopards. The big cat park, in northeastern China, will encompass 15,000 square kilometers: 60% larger than Yellowstone. The several dozen tigers and leopards tracked by camera traps in China face a dire threat from poaching, logging, and development. The park—still unnamed and not yet formally announced—also signals a change in China's attitude toward conservation, often slighted as the country rushed to develop economically.

  • * Huangnihe, China