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During the course of this field study, you will explore the vast, mountainous grasslands of the Tibet plateau in search of some of China’s most coveted flora and fauna species. Not only does this region supply water to three of China’s most prominent rivers (Mekong, Yellow and Yangzte), but it is a habitat for a variety of Asia’s rarest animal species including the snow leopard. While studying this landscape, participants will have the chance to apply research and observational methods to monitor the health of this precious ecosystem.
Major themes/ academic subject areas
Environmental protection, biology, ecology, sociology, ethnology, botany, zoology
- Identify typical flora and fauna populations for the purpose of research.
- Observe and record and proportion of newborn animals to adults for the purpose of researching the population demographic in the ecosystem.
- Help establish wildlife protection facilities along the way to prevent wildlife from being harmed by human activities.
- Visit a local zero-waste community, learn indigenous techniques of conservation from Tibetan nomads.
- Field surveys of local nomad’s participation in conservation activities and scientific research.
Highlights and learning objectives of the program
- Be exposed to China’s headwater region and the rich biodiversity of China’s first national park.
- Research in an ecosystem that features 125 wild animal species, 760 species of vascular plant, 59 bird species, 15 species of fish and 1500 wild snow leopards.
- Become acquainted with conservation methods being pioneered by the local community
- Experience the lifestyle of the local nomadic Tibetan community
- Conduct research in order to produce a professional scientific research report.