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February 10, 2012

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Animal monitoring gets techy

SHANGHAI will establish an online "identity platform" for endangered species living in the city, an effort that already has local wildlife-protection authorities transplanting microchips into animals to trace their numbers and living conditions.

Officials said some 760 endangered animals, covering 43 breeds, reside in Shanghai. Most live in local parks, zoos and with acrobatic groups. They include tigers, golden monkeys, pandas, bears and birds.

Most precious animals living in the wild are migratory birds, which live in coastal areas. Officials said migratory birds are not included in the system because their numbers change every year.

In addition to births and deaths, the platform can monitor whether the animals are treated properly, as their health condition is also included in the system. Officials said they will investigate if the animals' health condition worsens sharply.

The Shanghai Wildlife Protection Office has so far collected the information about the animals manually. That often made it out of date and inaccurate, according to officials.


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