Rarely seen wildlife in Hainan’s Bawangling tropical rainforest

Established in 1988, Hainan Bawangling National Nature Reserve is home to the critically endangered Hainan black-crested gibbon, or Hainan gibbon, along with the Hainan partridge, clouded leopard and dozens of other wild animals under China’s state-level protection.

A Hainan gibbon, a still from CGTN’s “Journeys in Nature” documentary series.

A Hainan gibbon, a still from CGTN’s “Journeys in Nature” documentary series.

A Hainan partridge in Chengmai County, Hainan Province, south China, December 14, 2020. /CFP

A Hainan partridge in Chengmai County, Hainan Province, south China, December 14, 2020. /CFP

A clouded leopard in Chongqing Municipality, February 8, 2018. /CFP

A clouded leopard in Chongqing Municipality, February 8, 2018. /CFP

An orange-bellied leafbird in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan Province, south China. /Lin Ge

An orange-bellied leafbird in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan Province, south China. /Lin Ge

A red-headed trogon in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan Province, south China. /Lin Ge

A red-headed trogon in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan Province, south China. /Lin Ge

Considered as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the first-class state-protected Hainan plum-yew, Cycas taiwaniana and Hopea hainanensis also thrive in the Bawangling tropical rainforest, enriching the biodiversity of China’s southernmost island province of Hainan.

(Cover via CFP, designed by CGTN’s Yu Peng)