Video footage captures traces of rare wildlife in southwest China's Yunnan

A nature reserve in southwest China's Yunnan Province has recently captured in its infrared cameras many rare wild animals.

The footage, released by the Baima Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve, recorded activities of such rare wild animals under Grade-2 national protection as jackal, yellow-throated marten, macaque, black bear, Chinese resow and blood pheasant.

Tufted deer and wild boar, both on China's list of land wildlife under state protection that is beneficial or of important economic or scientific value, also showed up in the footage.

The footage was taken under a monitoring program jointly carried out by the nature reserve and the Kunming Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

A total of 10 infrared cameras were set up at different elevations inside the nature reserve to record activities of wild animals.

The cameras collected a total of 1,277 videos and photos during the latest monitoring session, and researchers managed to identify different species in 485 photos and 128 video clips.

These images provide strong scientific data for the biodiversity surveys and for improving effectiveness of natural resources conservation in the reserve, according to researchers.

The management and conservation bureau of the reserve said it will in the next step continue to widen the scope of monitoring to get to know more about the distribution and structural changes of wildlife in the area.