At least China is doing one good thing for Tibet

Populations of endangered Tibetan antelopes have tripled in the last 10 years, according to the director of the Hol Xil Natural Reserve in northwest China.

The antelopes, also known as chiru, are prized for their wool, which is woven into the luxury fabric known as shahtoosh. This has made the species a prime target for poachers in recent decades. It takes the pelts of three to five chiru to make a single shahtoosh shawl.

Chiru populations were estimated at nearly 1,000,000 at the turn of the 20th Century. The worldwide population now stands at an estimated 75,000 -- 60,000 of which are in the Hol Xil reserve.

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