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The Chinese Giant Salamander
Endemic to China, the Chinese giant salamander (CGS hereafter) is the largest extant amphibian in the world. Part of the ancient Cryptobranchidae lineage dating back 170 million years, it earns the moniker “living fossil”. However, this species is Critically Endangered and is currently on the brink of extinction.
CGS is rapidly becoming extirpated from the wild as a result of habitat destruction, over-exploitation and a booming farming industry that has led to largely unregulated harvesting, and the potential spread of pathogens (e.g. ranavirus) from farmed to wild CGS. To save this species from extinction, a Conservation Programme has launched in China, initiated by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in collaboration with Chinese institutions and the government of China. The goal of this Conservation Programme is to build the evidence-base and capacity to underpin, promote and conduct a strategic conservation plan for the CGS within its native range in China.
The Chinese giant salamander is Critically Endangered, largely because of overexploitation for food. This species is an expensive delicacy in China, and a rapidly growing industry to farm the species has developed throughout much of the country, centred on the Qinling Mountain region of Shaanxi Province. Salamander farming is an important economic activity in China, […]
Earlie this year Prince William visited China. The visit aimed to promote greater Sino-UK collaboration. One major component of his visit was for wildlife conservation. Therefore, a round-table discussion on illegal wildlife trafficking was organised in Shanghai with 10 organisations invited including ZSL and a trip was made to Xishuangbanna, Yunnan afterwards to further raise public awareness. […]
Inscribed on the front in pencil : ‘M. maximus’ and ‘M. sligoi’, the three figures of giant salamanders are shown in this drawing, two in side view and one seen from the ventral surface, the drawing has not been signed or dated so it is a bit of a mystery. It may have been prepared […]