She went boldly where no one has gone before

In the wildlife conservation community of Jiangxi Province, China, Huang Xiaofeng has a reputation of a “living dictionary”. As the director of the Institute of Wildlife Conservation of the Jiangxi Provincial Department of Forestry, Huang has been dedicating herself to Jiangxi’s wildlife for 22 years. What’s more, she has also been applying her research results into agriculture to help local farmers overcome poverty.

“Jiangxi is a province with a huge forest coverage rate. It is rich in wildlife resources, but it falls behind the frontier research of wildlife conservation and nature reserves. I wanted to change this situation.” In 1997, Huang graduated from the Northeast Forestry University. Yearning the mountain range and the lush nature she revered since childhood, she gave up the opportunity to work for the National Department of Forestry and returned to her hometown, Jiangxi.

Working in the field of wildlife research, scientists often have to go deep into the mountains and befriend snakes, birds, and all other kinds of animals. Danger is always a part of the job. To obtain research data, Huang once traveled within the mountains for several months. To find animals, one must take the path that the animals have taken. Most of the time, she walks in the depths of the mountains where no trails can traverse.

Huang admitted that her line of work was not without challenges. However, once a new species or a rare species was discovered, the sense of accomplishment would instantly make one forget the pains. She never gave up. In 2005, Huang pioneered the province’s only scientific research institute specializing in wildlife conservation.

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At the end of 2007, after learning that the Chinese merganser was spotted in Longhushan, she instantly jumped on the train, took the camera, the telescope, dry food, and the kettle and headed to the forest area. The Chinese merganser is very vigilant and difficult to observe at a close range. To record its activities in detail, Huang had to take cover on the riverbank in advance and watch the bird with a telescope for several hours at a time.

Huang also traveled all over the country to provide farmers with technical support. She participated in the development of various innovative animal and agroforestry production systems with applications of online platforms. The results of her research have been widely used in various regions, including Jiangxi, Hunan, and Hubei, helping numerous farmers in poverty gain economic growth.

All information comes from  http://jiangxi.jxnews.com.cn/

Translated by Dule

Edited by Andrea Jia and Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

A Chinese woman donated $1.5 billion to save endangered animals

In late January, The Ellen Show published a video on its Instagram about a Chinese woman who has donated $1.5 billion, one-third of her property, to save endangered animals. This is the largest personal donation to a wildlife conservation cause in history!

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Who did such a heroic act?

It’s no other than famous Chinese entrepreneur Qiaonv He, founder and chairman of the Beijing Orient Landscape.

A Rock Journey to Success

In January 1966, Qiaonv He was born into a peasant family in rural Zhejiang. Out of the five children in her family, she was the second eldest, and one of the most hardworking.

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He as a young girl; Photo Credit: penetratingview

In 1992, she successfully founded the Beijing Orient Landscape and made her first million through simply selling bonsai. Just as her business was expanding and becoming more prosperous, however, a manager took away all the money from her company, and she was also cheated in her subsequent investment in a Henan mine.

Pursued by creditors and abandoned by employees, she felt like she couldn’t carry on anymore.

However, she didn’t give up and survived.

She restarted everything from scratch with her own hands, and slowly attracted more customers for her bonsai business.

In 2000, just as she was about to relaunch her company, another storm hit her.

Under the pressure of overexpansion and stock market crash, problems began to emerge in the financial chain, and leaders of the company left again with their money. Suddenly, her company was near bankruptcy.

This strong woman stood up again even after this.

In 2006, she and her team finished the landscape decoration for a hotel in Suzhou, which stunned the whole industry and helped her reputation reach an unprecedented height.

After this turning point, she began to undertake orders from most big cities and became an established leader in the landscaping industry.

In November 2009, Beijing Orient Landscape finally became a listed company, and the He couple is now worth more than 10 billion.

Building the World Through Philanthropy

As her landscaping business became more and more prosperous, she also began to worry about environmental pollution.

Inspired by the Rockefeller Foundation, she started a series of philanthropy projects beginning in 2014, donating billions of dollars to environmental protection programs. One of the most earth-shaking moves she made was donating 1.5 billion dollars for wildlife conservation in October 2017.

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In addition, she donated 20 million dollars for wild feline conservation organizations Panthera, WildCRU and Oxford University’s conservation research unit to start a 10-year program focusing on saving endangered species, including snow leopards, tigers, jaguars, lions, etc.

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Her donations can make a huge difference in the fate of these endangered wild animals.

Please share this news with those around you! A woman like her who’s humbly and silently changing the world deserves to be recognized!

Info and photos obtained from penetratingview.
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/jZlH-442KiC8AXQvF3n_EA

Translated by Riley Peng @Animal Dialogue