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Songjiang is city’s 6th wildlife sanctuary

Songjiang District has been designated a wildlife sanctuary, the sixth such sanctuary in the city, Shanghai’s greenery authorities announced yesterday.

Illegal hunting is banned and people face fines or criminal charges in serious cases, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said. Other acts such as damaging wildlife habitats are prohibited. 

Approval is required for hunting in the district for purposes such as scientific research, population control, agriculture and epidemic monitoring.

Protected wildlife includes species with important ecological, scientific and social value.

The tip-off hotline is 12345, the city’s public service hotline, according to the bureau.

The aim is to protect wildlife, particularly birds, and improve the living environment of wild animals in the district.

The other five wildlife sanctuaries in Shanghai are the Nanhui Dongtan area and Fengxian, Chongming, Jinshan and Qingpu districts.

Songjiang has rich forestry resources and its forests cover almost 148,888 mu (9,926 hectares) and wetlands 73,000 mu.

Its sound ecological environment and geographic location have attracted a large number of wildlife, particularly birds, to settle down in the district.

The district has recorded 186 species of wildlife — 144 of which are birds.

Since the beginning of this year, about 50 bird hunting nets have been removed during inspections in the district. 


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