Sichuan Safari (on the sly) – November 2014
My partner and I spent over 2 weeks in Sichuan visiting Longcanggou, Wolong, Balang Shan, Ruoergai, Tangjiahe and the new Panda Valley centre in Dujiangyang. We were targeting Red Panda, Tibetan wolf and Tibetan fox. We spent quite a lot of the nights spotlighting and were rewarded with several Hog Badgers and Leopard cats amongst other things. We saw quite a few good birds along the way too. Plus a mystery moggy which we believe was most likely Chinese Desert Cat..
A full trip report can be found here
But it’s still a cool animal to see, and its presence in Sichuan is not well documented, so you might consider writing a short report to Cat News, a journal published by IUCN (http://www.catsg.org/index.php?id=7).
very nice report! It makes me want to go back again. Was the Tibetan gazelle photo taken through a scope? My photos of the gazelles I saw were rubbish (I had no scope!).
For the Gansu pika at Baxi be aware they may actually be Moupin pika. See my comment on this thread:
Israel (aka Chlidonias)
Great report! (again 🙂 )
I just caught the video of the leopard cat and the hog badge, I must have missed it the first time.
Well done, all around! My Sichuan experience was definitely scenic and non-wildlife, unfortunately. But it was cool too. Now that I saw some of the cool “touristy” stuff I can go back and concentrate on the mammals (and birds) without feeling guilty like I’m “skipping” all the “normal people” stuff. lol.
What’s your next big adventure?
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Recent genetic data show that Chinese desert cat is a subspecies of Wildcat. Wildcats occurring in Gansu and Inner Mongolia are intermediate in appearance.