Staff carry the captive-born Chinese alligators in the breeding pond of the Chinese alligator national nature reserve in Anhui, Nov. 30. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Haiyue
The Chinese alligator is an endemic species unique to China, with a history of more than 200 million years. It is known as the "living fossil" of the Yangtze River and is a national first-level key protected wild animal.
Recently, the captive-born Chinese alligators in the Anhui Yangtze alligator national nature reserve ushered in the annual winter transition.
The reporter saw in the breeding pond that the staff held the mouth of the alligator with one hand and held up its body with the other, and moved each alligator into a transport box, then loaded them on a transport vehicle by a crane and sent it to a nearby wintering house.
In 2021, the reserve launched the project of upgrading and renovating the artificial breeding facilities. The project's total investment is 16.15 million yuan, including breeding ponds, artificial underground caves for Chinese alligators, scientific research monitoring equipment and other facilities. So the Chinese alligators can climb from breeding ponds to artificial caves to hibernate in winter by themselves.
With the completion of the wintering project, this wintering transition will be the last large-scale "relocation" of the Chinese alligators here.
Staff clean the alligators that are about to be moved into the wintering greenhouse, Nov, 30. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Haiyue
The upgrading and renovating project of artificial breeding facilities for Chinese alligators in the Anhui Yangtze Alligator national nature reserve. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Haiyue
Reported by Wang Haiyue, Yue Yuanyuan
Edited and translated by Zheng Chen