Elk Returns to Nature

2022-05-03 17:16

Elk, belonging to the elk genus of artiodactylaceae, is a first-class protected animal in China. Meanwhile, it has also been listed in the 2012 Red List of Endangered Species of the World Conservation Union. Not long ago, after health examination and wearing tracking collars, four elks were released from the isolation area to the elk habitat area located in Xincun Township, Chongming, which has a larger area and a variety of biological environments such as the forest land and the wetland. So far, the first habitat for wild-released elk in Shanghai has been completed on the whole.


Entering the Elk Park in Xincun Township, the ecological environment of the whole area is beautiful, and several rows of fir trees are planted on the right side of the road. The reflection of the trees is very clear by the surface of the water, forming a very artistic "water forest".


Covering an area of more than 300 mu, the park is divided into five areas: elk habitat area, elk field (rotational grazing) area, isolation area, water conservation area and science popularization and education area. In the elk habitat area, the four newly-arrived elk seem to be a little strange to the forest land. They look around from time to time. After confirming their safety, they take a step to the depths of the forest land and look at their new home.


Elk is also called "Sibuxiang" because it looks like a horse in its head and face, a deer in its horn, a camel in its neck and a donkey in its tail. On November 20, 2020, one male and one female elks were introduced from Shanghai Zoo to their “new home” in Chongming, namely the implementation site of moose minimal population restoration and wild release project in Xincun Township, Chongming. Later, two female elks were introduced. Now a total of four elks have settled here.


In recent years, Xincun Township has fully implemented the Rural Revitalization Strategy, adhered to the "ecology", took high-quality rice planting as the leading industry, and worked hard to build a rice culture town. The introduction of elk is not only completely consistent with the ecological environment, but also makes elk culture and rice culture complement each other, which reflects the organic integration of modern life and traditional culture and pursuit of the harmonious unity between man and nature.


Protecting elk is not only to protect the ecological environment, but also to protect human beings ourselves. The purpose of implementing the restoration and wild release project of elk minimal population in Xincun Township, Chongming is to enable elk to continuously adapt to the habitat environment, gradually expand the basic population, and then develop the habitat into an elk population diffusion and breeding base and science popularization base in Chongming’s Three Islands and other areas of Shanghai, so as to accumulate more experience for elk protection and the successful release of elk population in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is reported that the Elk Science Museum in the project is also open to the public at the same time. People can make an appointment in advance to visit through the WeChat Account of "Yuyueshui Ecology".