The Biggest Winners From China’s Protected Species List? Wolves.

From in China:

It took more than three decades, but Chinese environmental groups and advocates have finally gotten their wish: an updated protected wild animals list with more than 500 new species on it. Issued earlier this month, the new National List of Key Protected Wild Animals represents the first significant adjustment to the list since the initial version published in 1989.

Thirty-two years is a long time in the conservation world, and the updated document reflects how China’s understanding of wildlife protection has shifted and evolved during that stretch. Arguably the most significant change is how the lists treat supposedly “harmful” animals, including upgraded protections for the dog-like dhole. Even more notable, wolves — whose population plummeted in China over the past several decades — were added to the list of second-class protected animals, the first time they have received such protection.

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