City to Build Three More Nature Reserve Parks
To further protect the city’s wide biodiversity, three new nature park reserves are being planned by city officials during the wildlife protection and ecological preservation conference last Monday. Shenzhen is the first city in China to actively protect wildlife from human consumption.
The legislative effort of the city to protect its wildlife is to curb rampant violations to the wildlife protection policies after officials surveyed the stocks of the city’s ecosystems. Shenzhen is currently home to 3,000 species of wildlife. Its biodiversity features 487 kinds of terrestrial wildlife, ranging from 389 species of birds, 37 mammals, 18 amphibians and 18 reptiles. Rare animals can also be found in the city’s biodiversity such as the pangolin, monitor lizard, macaque, black faced spoonbill and boas.
There are nearly 2,200 kinds of wild plants growing in Shenzhen, of which 21 are endangered species that are placed under level 2 State protection, 10 wild plants are spermatophytes while 51 are of the orchid variety.
In addition to the three new park reserves, the city is also planning city level reserves at the Dapeng peninsula, Tiantou Mountain and Tiegang-Shiyan.