Non-mammal watching trip to China with 7 species
So unlike Sjef, I had a good session in the “How NOT to mammal-watch in China” school.
1. Don’t go to the places where all the tourists go (Jiuzhaigou, Emeishan, Tianmen, Zhangjiajie…)
2. Don’t expect to mammal-watch when your mom (who is paying for the trip) thinks going out of the way to non-famous places to find some animals is a waste of time..
Regardless, I saw some AMAZING things in China, and a ton of incredible places for which I’m very thankful to have seen. And our schedule was so packed, with flights and long drives every other day, and besides 2 consecutive nights in Beijing we did not sleep in the same place twice, so it’s not like I had a few hours here and there to separate from the group and go on my own. Next time, when I go on my own (or with mammal-watching buddies) I will be able to concentrate on wildlife… That being said, I did keep my eyes out for animals at all times and saw both Rhesus and Tibetian Macaques in Zhangjiajie and Emeishan respectively, 3 squirrels and 1 chipmunk (photos attached) and one unidentifiable mouse at Huanglong (I saw it perfectly well, and for several seconds, but no picture)
1. Squirrel in Bifenxia (Sichuan), right outside the Giant Panda rehab center:
2. Chipmunk in Jiuzhaigou’s primary forest:
3. Squirrel in Jiuzhaigou, somewhere down the trail between Multi-Color Lake and Mirror Lake (I think)
4. Squirrel on top of Tianmen Mountain (Hunan):
I’ve never been good at identifying squirrels, bats, or mice.. So feel free to help 🙂
It looks like #1 and 4 might be similar, but upon closer investigation (aside from the fact that the underside of #4 is orange and #1 is red) it looks like the colorful parts do not appear on the same bodyparts. Also the ears, noses and tails are completely different.