Mammals in and near Beijing?
Can anyone recommend places to go in and around Beijing (within a few hours drive) with a chance of mammals big or small?
Firstly, welcome to China! What’s your schedule on the weekend? In the city, not much interesting things to find and see. While, friends of mine saw a Chinese Groal in a recent birding trip in a valley about 100 k northwest of the downtown. Trip like this would took a whole day and you need a car for sure.
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What time of year will you be going? I haven’t heard of many specific mammal sites, but there are definitely a few species around. I saw a few species in that part of China – see https://www.mammalwatching.com/2014/09/22/china-mammals/. Pere David’s Rock Squirrel has been seen by birding tour groups along the Great Wall near Beijing, and I guess Siberian Chipmunk should be there too. Siberian Weasel has also been recorded by birders in the hills around the city.
It may be worth contacting Terry Townsend of Birding Beijing as he may know someone who can help; he once saw ‘Amur’ Leopard Cat at a nearby reservoir (gripping photos at https://birdingbeijing.com/2013/12/02/leopard-cat-in-beijing/)
Hopefully someone can give you more detailed info!