A female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic GardenA female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
A female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Can China’s Hainan Island, a hotspot of wildlife and nature, retain its rich biodiversity amid huge development?

  • New plans to transform Hainan into a business and tourism powerhouse have raised questions about how it can protect its unique natural environment
  • Hong Kong’s Bosco Chan has been working with mainland Chinese scientists and conservationists to protect the island’s environment and species
Topic |   Conservation
A female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic GardenA female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
A female gibbon grooms a juvenile at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve in Hainan, China. The island is a biodiversity hotspot with some highly threatened endemic species, but has received relatively little conservation attention, one expert says. Photo: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
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