Gaoligongshan in western Yunnan near the border with Myanmar extends from the Tibetan Plateau to Indochina, forming the watershed of the Irrawaddy and the Salween Rivers. Positioned at the crossroads of the Palearctic and Indo-Malayan Realms, Gaoligongshan is considered one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots.
Since 2014, the Kadoorie Conservation China Department (KCC) has been collaborating with the Tengchong Bureau of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve. Our intensive biodiversity inventory of this majestic massif yielded a number of exciting discoveries, including the rediscovery of Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) for Yunnan after 30 years, the first record of Red Serow (Capricornis rubidus) for China, and discovery of a number of new-to-science species and new records for China. Capacity building of reserve staff, enhancement of publicity materials and monitoring of the Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock tianxing) are other aspects of our collaboration.