Dwarf Bharal Tour. China, Yunnan, Rini Mountain 2018


Hi all, I am back from Yunnan, China, where I was looking for Dwarf Bharal. It is probably one of the least documented ungulates in the world. In fact, until yesterday you wouldn’t find a photo of a life animal in the internet at all. Now this gap is closed: My trip report and a chapter on the species is available here: http://www.wilddocu.de/dwarf-bharal-tour-china-yunnan-rini-mountain-2018/http://www.wilddocu.de/dwarf-bharal-pseudois-schaeferi/

What is really cool is the feeding behaviour of the the Rini Mountain population: Only at this site the bharals have specialized on cacti and learned how to remove the spines with their horns.

Enjoy! Ralf

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    Vladimir Dinets 12 months ago

    The feeding behavior is interesting because cacti have only been introduced to Eurasia in the 16th century, and made their way to Sichuan less than a hundred years ago.

    Recent genetic data shows that dwarf blue sheep is genetically pretty much identical to common blue sheep of Sichuan subspecies. See Zeng et al. 2008 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18565767) and Tan et al. 2012 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22821360). IUCN no longer recognizes it as a separate species.

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    Boeckli 12 months ago

    Thank you for the links, Vladimir. I will incorporate the new info asap.
    But species / subspecies to and fro I am convinced the Dwarf Bharal deserves more attention – and especially from mammal watchers.

  3. Elias Sadalla Filho 12 months ago

    Fantastic Ralf!!!

    Incredible tour!

    First photos of the magnific Dwarf Bharal

  4. Emma 12 months ago

    Very nice shot!
    We love watching wildlife.
    We’ve just bought a new binoculars from this review
    Hope it make more clearer.
    Thank you for sharing.

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