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Introduction of Kadoorie Conservation China

Kadoorie Conservation China (KCC) is a department of KFBG which focuses on biodiversity conservation work in Mainland China. KCC was founded in 1998 with the aim to minimise biodiversity loss and promote sustainability in China. Today, KCC has thriving projects in Hainan, Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Sichuan provinces of China, as well as Cambodia. For more information of our projects, please download our information pack and follow KFBG Facebook, KCC Weibo (webpage: and WeChat (ID:kadoorieconservation).

Our Stratigic Directions:

Species Conservation

Habitat Conservation 

Sustainability Promotion

Biodiversity Assessment

Capacity Building

Awareness Raising


Should you wish to donate field equipment like digital cameras and binoculars to our project sites, please click here

KCC Information Pack


Field Report Series
One of the major goals of our programme is to provide the latest information on the distribution and status of the region's animal and plant species, the conservation value of our study areas, and the urgent threats they face. Since 1998, we have been carried out rapid biodiversity assessments with partner institutions in over 50 forest sites in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan provinces of China. To date, we have published field reports of 40 sites with detailed information on biodiversity, which should be useful to conservationists, academics and reserve managers interested in the biodiversity of South China. Read more. A few copies are available in KFBG now, please feel free to contact Ms. To at (852) 2483 7178 or if you would like a hard copy.













Wildlife Market Survey Report
Though the live wild animal trade in southern China is very active, there have been few long-term studies to understand the trade. KCC conducted a wildlife market survey in Guangzhou and Shenzhen of Guangdong Province from 2000 to 2003, recording the species being traded, the relative trade volume, and the conservation implications for these animals. A few copies are available in KFBG now, please feel free to contact Ms. To at (852) 2483 7178 or if you would like a hard copy. 

Download: Wildlife Market Survey Report - June 2004 (pdf, 3.36KB)

Living Forests
KCC produced the bilingual Living Forests magazine on issues related to biodiversity conservation in Southern China between 2000-2010. With news and articles, it encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences in biodiversity conservation in the region. Although we ceased to produce this publication for a few years, many articles and information are still of relevance to conservation practitioners and those interested in the region’s rich biodiversity. Click here to read the back issues.


Scientific Publications (in reverse chronological order, 2015-now):

Dong, Yujiao & Zhang, Guangbin & Ma, Jing & Hilario, Padilla & Lu, Shihua. (2020). Water Retention and Warming Effect of Integrated Rice Management for the Hilly Areas of Southwest China. Agronomy Journal. 10.1002/agj2.20174.

Chan, B. P. L., Li, F., Ban, D. Y. (2020) Two sighting records of Stripe-backed Weasel Mustela strigidorsa in Yunnan Province, China. Small Carnivore Conservation, vol. 58, e58001.

Lv, S.H.; Dong, Y.J.; Jiang, Y.; Padilla, H.; Li, J.; Uphoff, N. (2019) An Opportunity for Regenerative Rice Production: Combining Plastic Film Cover and Plant Biomass Mulch with No-Till Soil Management to Build Soil Carbon, Curb Nitrogen Pollution, and Maintain High-Stable Yield. Agronomy, 9, 600.

Li, Q., Li, X-Y., Jackson, S.M., Li, F., Jiang, M., Zhao, W., Song, W-Y., Jiang, X-L. (2019) Discovery and description of a mysterious Asian flying squirrel (Rodentia, Sciuridae, Biswamoyopterus) from Mount Gaoligong, southwest China. ZooKeys 864: 147-160.

Chen ZJ, Li F, Lu G, Huang HY, Zhang Q .(2019) A New Record of Bird (Phylloscopus intermedius) in Hainan Island. Sichuan Journal of Zoology.38(2)

Li, F., Huang, X.Y., Zhang, X.C., Zhao, X.X., Yang, J.H., & Chan, B. P. L. (2019) Mammals of Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve in Yunnan Province, China. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(11), 14402-14414.

Chan, B. P. L., Bi, Z., & Duan, S.-Z. (2019) Introduction to a four-year biodiversity survey of Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, in the footsteps of pioneering naturalists in western Yunnan, China. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(11), 14391-14401.

Zheng, X., Li, F., Bi, Z., Zhang, X.C., Han, J.-G., & Chan, B. P. L. (2019) Current status of birds in Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, China. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(11), 14415-14433.

Yang, J.-H., Huang, X.Y., Ye, J.F., Yang, S.-P., Zhang, X.-C., & Chan, B. P. L. (2019) A report on the herpetofauna of Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, China. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(11), 14434-14451.

Lo, Y. F. P., & Bi, Z. (2019) A preliminary report on butterfly fauna (Insecta: Lepidoptera) of Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, China. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 11(11), 14452-14470.

Chan, B.P.L. & Setiawan, A. (2019) New record of the Critically Endangered Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher Alcedo euryzona in Central Java, Indonesia. Birding Asia, 31, 24-27.

Wong, M., Brook, S., Eames, J. & Chan, B. (2019) Report on International Workshop for Eld’s Deer Conservation 27th to 29th November, 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Huang, X. Y., Zhang, X. C., Yang, S.P., Yang, J. H. (2019) Acoustic Characteristics of Male Calls of Leptobrachium tengchongense in Breeding Season. Chinese Journal of Zoology 54 (2): 189-195.

Yang, J. H. & Huang, X. Y. (2019) A New Species of Scutiger (Anura: Megophryidae) from the Gaoligongshan Mountain Range, China. Copeia 107 (1): 10-21.

Eames, J. C., Chan, B. P. L. & Wong, M. (2018) International workshop for Eld’s deer conservation in Phnom Penh. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2018 (2): 57.

Lo, Y. F. P. (2018) Butterflies of Tengchong Section of Gaoligongshan. The Nature and Insect 53(10): 9-11.

Poyarkov, N. A., Nguyen, T. V., Duong, T. V., Gorin, V. A. & Yang, J. H. (2018) A new limestone-dwelling species of Micryletta (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae) from northern Vietnam. PeerJ 6:e5771.

Yang, J. H., Li, J. & Chan, B. P. L. (2018) Recent amphibians and reptiles observed at Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo. Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2018: 71-73.

Yang, J. H.Li, J., Li, F. & Chan, B. P. L. (2018) Recent amphibians and reptiles observed at Matang Wildlife Centre, Sarawak, Borneo. Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2018: 62-68.

Wang, J., Yang, J. H., Li, Y., Lyu, Z. T., Zeng, Z. C., Liu, Z. Y., Ye, Y. H. & Wang, Y. Y. (2018) Morphology and molecular genetics reveal two new Leptobrachella species in southern China (Anura, Megophryidae). ZooKeys 776: 105-137.

Yang, J. H., Wang, J. & Wang, Y. Y. (2018) A new species of the genus Megophrys (Anura: Megophryidae) from Yunnan Province, China. Zootaxa 4413(2): 325-338.

Lo, Y. F. P. (2018). A new subspecies of Delias agostina Hewitson (Lepidoptera: Pieridae: Pierinae) from Hainan Island. Zootaxa 4532(4): 553-560.
Zhang, L., Wang, Q., Yang, L., Li, F., Chan, B. P. L., Xiao, Z., Li, S., Song, D., Piao, Z. and Fan, P. (2018) The neglected otters in China: Distribution change in the past 400 years and current conservation status. Biological Conservation 228: 259-267.

Yang, J. & Zheng, X. (2018) A New Species of the Genus Calamaria (Squamata: Colubridae) from Yunnan Province, China. Copeia 106 (3): 485-491.

Sung, Y., Lee, W., Ng, H., Zhang, H. & Yang, J. (2018) A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 4392 (2): 361-373.

Yang, J., Zeng, Z., Wang, Y. (2018) Description of two new sympatric species of the genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from western Yunnan of China. PeerJ6:e4586.

Yang, J. & Chan, B.P.L. (2018) A new phytotelm-breeding treefrog of the genus Nasutixalus (Rhacophoridae) from western Yunnan of China. Zootaxa 4388 (2): 191-206.

Chan, B.P.L. & Li, F. (2017) Significant records of three bunting species from Cambodia, including a first country record. BirdingASIA 28: 54-55.

Li, F., Zheng, X., Zhang, H., Yang, J. & Chan, B. P. L. (2017) The current status and conservation of otters on the coastal islands of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. Biodiversity Science 25(8): 840-846.

Souter, N. J., Hughes, A. C., Savini, T., Rao, M., Goodale, E., Van Nice, A., Huang, N., Liu, J., Hunt, M. P., O'Connor, D., Li, A. H., Gnuen, G., Sun, Y. & Silva, I. (2017) Building conservation capacity in Southeast Asia: Outcomes of the ATBC 2015 Asia-Pacific Chapter meeting conservation education symposium. Applied Environmental Education & Communication 16(3): 1-8.

Li, F., Zheng, X., Jiang, X.L. & Chan, B. P. L. (2017) Rediscovery of the sun bear Helarctos malayanus in Yingjiang County, Yunnan Province, China. Zoological Research 38(4): 206-207.

Li, F. & Chan, B. P. L. (2017) Past and present: the status and distribution of otters (Carnivora: Lutrinae) in China. Oryx, 1-8.

Lo, Y. F. P., Li, F., & Ding, L. (2017). Description of a new subspecies of Talicada nyseus (Guérin-Méneville, 1843) from Hainan, China (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with notes on the genus Talicada Moore, 1881. Zootaxa 4269(4), 586-592.

Zheng, X., Li, S. M., Huang, X. Y. & Li, F. (2017) Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Found in Tengchong, Yunnan. Chinese Journal of Zoology 52(3): 496.

Zhang, R., Qin, X., Chen, H., Chan, B. P. L., Xing, F., & Xu, Z. (2017) Phytogeography and Floristic Affinities of the Limestone Flora of Mt. Exianling, Hainan Island, China. The Botanical Review 83(1): 38-58.

Turvey, S. T., Bryant, J. V., Duncan, C., Wong, M. H. G., Guan, Z., Fei, H., Ma, C., Hong, X., Nash, H. C., Chan, B. P. L., Xu, Y. & Fan, P. (2017) How many remnant gibbon populations are left on Hainan? Testing the use of local ecological knowledge to detect cryptic threatened primates. American Journal of Primatology 79(2): e22593.

Chan, B. P. L. & Li, F. (2016) Mammals observed during a brief visit to Panti Forest, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. South Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 121-124.

Yang, J. H. (2016) Recent amphibians and reptiles observed at Panti Forest Reserve, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. South Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 105-107.

Chan, B. P. L. & Li, F. (2016) Mammals observed during a road trip west of Jemaluang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. South Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 140-141.

Yang, J. H., Wang, Y. Y., & Chan, B. P. L. (2016) A new species of the genus Leptobrachium (Anura: Megophryidae) from the Gaoligongshan Mountain Range, China. Zootaxa 4150(2): 133-148.

Bryant, J. V., Gottelli, D., Zeng, X., Hong, X., Chan, B. P. L., Fellowes, J. R., Zhang, Y., Luo, J., Durrant, C., Geissmann, T., Chatterjee, H. J. & Turvey, S. T. (2016) Assessing current genetic status of the Hainan gibbon using historical and demographic baselines: implications for conservation management of species of extreme rarity. Molecular ecology 25(15): 3540-3556.

Lin, Q. W., Lu, G., & Li, Z. Y. (2016) Two new species of Podostemaceae from the Yinggeling National Nature Reserve, Hainan, China. Phytotaxa 270(1): 49-55.

Yang, J. H., Wang, Y. Y., Chen, G. L., & Rao, D. Q. (2016) A new species of the genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from Mt. Gaoligongshan of western Yunnan Province, China. Zootaxa 4088(3): 379-394.

Luo, J. Z., Lin, H. D., Yang, F., Yi, Z. S., Chan, B. P. L., & Zhao, J. (2015) Population genetic structure in wild and hatchery populations of white cloud mountain minnow (Tanichthys albonubes): Recommendations for conservation. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 62: 142-150.

Chan, B. P. L. (2015) Hainan Gibbon Nomascus hainanus (Tomas, 1892). In: Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2014–2016 (eds C. Schwitzer, R.A. Mittermeier, A.B. Rylands, Chiozza, F., E.A. Williamson, J. Wallis and A. Cotton), pp. 67-69. IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.

Wan, J. P. H., Chan, B. P. L., Liao, C., Mi, H., Lau, M., Li, F., Wang, H. & Sung, Y. H. (2015) Conservation status of freshwater turtles in Hainan island, China: interviews and field surveys at Yinggeling Nature Reserve. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(1): 100-103.

Yang, J. H. and Chan, B. P. L.(2015) Two new species of the genus Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Sauria: Eublepharidae) from southern China. Zootaxa 3980(1): 67-80.

Bai, Q., Chen, J., Chen, Z., Dong, G., Dong, J., Dong, W., Fu, V. W. K., Han, Y., Lu, G., Li, J., Liu, Y., Lin, Z., Meng, D., Martinez, J., Ni, G., Shan, K., Sun, R., Tian, S., Wang, F., Xu, Z., Yu, Y., Yang, J., Yang, Z., Zhang, L., Zhang, M. & Zeng, X. (2015) Identification of coastal wetlands of international importance for waterbirds: a review of China Coastal Waterbird Surveys 2005–2013. Avian Research 6(1): 12.

Chan, B. P. L., Lee, K. S., Li, F., Lu, G., & Sung, Y. H. (2015) New avifaunal records for Hainan Island, China 2003-2013. BirdingASIA 23(2015): 122-123.

Yang, J. H., Rao, D. Q., & Wang, Y. Y. (2015) A new species of the genus Liuixalus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern China. Zootaxa 3990(2): 247-258.

Wang, Y. Y., Lau, M. W. N., Yang, J. H., Chen, G. L., Liu, Z. Y., Pang, H., & Liu, Y. (2015) A new species of the genus Odorrana (Amphibia: Ranidae) and the first record of Odorrana bacboensis from China. Zootaxa 3999(2): 235-254.

Xue, G. X., & Lo, Y. F. P. (2015) A taxonomic note on Erionota acroleuca (Wood-Mason & de Nicéville, 1881) stat. rest. (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Zootaxa 3926(3): 445-447.

Chan, B. P. L. & Zhao, J. B. (2015) A recent record of Stripe-backed Weasel Mustela strigidorsa from Yunnan province, China. Small Carnivore Conservation 51: 74–75.

Yang, J. H. (2015) A new species of the genus Gekko Laurenti (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Guangxi, China. Zootaxa 3936(2): 287-295.