By Simon Foster

ISBN-10: 1588436411

ISBN-13: 9781588436412

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Fauna While China has a fascinating array of different species, many of which are very rare or endangered (see below), it’s far more likely that you’ll come across the country’s m ore com m on birds, insects and domestic animals. Some of the more spectacular bird species in clu de cormorants (see Yaks on the move (Tot Foster) Yangshuo, Adventures On Water p. 429), cranes, herons and kingfishers, as well as larger birds of prey such as eagles. Of the insects you may encounter, the praying mantis is probably the most fascinating and comes in a range of colors, from dusty brown to lurid green.

Taiwan & Tibet n 29 China’s external outlook is another sensitive area and the continued occupation of Tibet and claim of Taiwan are regarded as internal rather than foreign policy. While the US initially supported Chiang Kaishek when he established the Republic of China in 1949, as the PRC has grown in stature, the rest of the world is succumbing to its wants and Taiwan is stifled in almost any international venture which it attempts. Financial ties remain strong and it is hoped these will win out over military might.

Female pandas only reproduce once every two years and high infant mortality rates both in the wild and in captivity have hindered population growth. Although roughly half of all panda pregnancies result in twins, it’s rare for two to survive, since the mothers reject the weaker sibling to nurture and protect the stronger. In captivity, one twin is taken away from its mother and sibling and re-introduced to the family at a later date, although this had been unsuccessful until new techniques including “twin swapping” and an 42 n Flora & Fauna accurate simulation of panda milk were introduced.

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