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  1. The Chinese Giant Salamander Team present research at the Wold Congress of Herpetology in China

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    The 8th World Congress of Herpetology was held from the 15th – 21st of August in Tonglu, Zhejiang province, China. This meeting was attended but hundreds of herpetologists from across the globe. This was the perfect opportunity for the Chinese giant salamander team to present the various components of the research that has been undertaken across the […]

  2. Development of the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus farming industry in Shaanxi Province, China: conservation threats and opportunities

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    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, […]

  3. Prince William visits China

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    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. […]

  4. Artefact of the month

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    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 […]

  5. Chinese giant salamander arrives at ZSL London Zoo.

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    Measuring over one meter in length, with bulging muscles and a giant grin across his face, ZSL London Zoo‘s newest arrival is already making a big impression. Professor Wu, a Chinese giant salamander, is the face of the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) new conservation project, established to help prevent these unique giants from becoming […]

  6. Community questionnaire training in Guizhou

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    Finding wild salamanders is not easy, especially if the populations are fragmented and have been heavily exploited. One way we can get information on current and historic salamander distribution, threats posed to salamanders and people’s perception of salamanders is to ask people who live in the surrounding area. At each site where we survey salamanders, the […]

  7. International Conservation Planning Workshop for the Chinese Giant Salamander

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    In May we held The International Conservation Planning Workshop for the Chinese Giant Salamander Conservation Breeding and Education Facility in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve (FNNR). FNNR was selected as the venue as it is the ideal location for a Chinese giant salamander (CGS) conservation breeding and education facility as the reserve was set up (in part) to […]

  8. Wild Chinese giant salamander found in Guizhou

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    In May this year we carried out more training in Chinese giant salamander field survey techniques. We were working just outside Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve and we had the fantastic fortune of capturing a wild Chinese giant salamander. This was a huge boost for the team. Not only were we able to demonstrate handling techniques but […]

  9. “Identification Cards” were firstly issued to the wild-caught Chinese Giant Salamanders in Guizhou Province

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    Tongren City of Guizhou Province, located in subtropical southwestern China, harbors rich biodiversity and is considered an important region for Chinese Giant Salamanders (CGS hereafter), with optimal habitats and historical and recent wild populations recorded. Unfortunately, as elsewhere in China, the CGS populations in this area have experienced drastic population declines and regional extirpation in […]