Chinese citizens prayed for extinct wildlife on the Qingming Festival, a Chinese traditional festival for respecting the dead. Also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Festival usually falls on April 4th or 5th.
In Guangzhou, some citizens visited the Graveyard For Extinction in Yingzhou Ecological Park. Rows of grey cement tombstones fall backward like dominoes, each carved with the name of an extinct species and the time of its extinction.
There is another graveyard for extinction in Beijing Milu Yuan (Park for Elks), built in 1999. Every tombstone is carved with an animal’s name, emblazoning its extinction in recent centuries. This special graveyard was designed to tell people that the extinction of a species would bring about the tragic extinction of 30 more species.
Written by Victor Du, edited by Riley Peng @Animal Dialogue