Over 1,400 people in Tibet escort antelopes’ migration

“We have 6,000 to 7,000 Tibetan antelopes in the range of our management stations. At present, the pregnant ewes have assembled and migrated to the north in order to give birth,” Tashi Norbu, a member of the management staff of the Norbu Yugyel Management Station in Nyima County, Nagchu City, Tibet, said. He said that every year in mid to late May, the Tibetan antelopes in Tibet enter a period of large-scale migration. At present, there are more than 1,400 field guards and professional guards in Nagchu and Ngari to escort the migration of Tibetan antelopes.

The Tibetan antelopes are a first class national protected animal in China, and their population is mainly distributed on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with the Changthang Grassland as the center of their habitation. Every summer, they move north along a fixed route to give birth before returning to their habitat.

Tashi Norbu said that 40 guards were responsible for patrols at the Norbu Yugyel Management Station. “After the Tibetan antelopes migrate to the north to give birth, we will have a more than two month ‘gap period’ to plant grass to prepare for the winter.”

Hu Haibo, a staff member with the Tibet Ngari Prefecture Forestry and Grassland Bureau, said, “Most Tibetan antelopes cross the national roads at night. If they cross during the day, we will control the traffic of passing vehicles and pedestrians to make way for the them.”