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Chinese Animals

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Long ago, in the Stone Age, about 3000 BC, many different kinds of wild animals lived in China. But as there got to be more and more people and farms, there was less room and people began to kill off the animals, or destroy the animals' habitat so they had nowhere to live or couldn't find enough food to eat.

Panda bears live mostly in the mountains of south-western China.

Some of it is grassland where you can graze cattle (mostly yaks) but you can't farm.

Northeastern China has lots of forests and in the forests there are deer and even reindeer, and tigers.

There are elephants, wild chickens, leopards, and all sorts of other jungle animals. Southern China was one of the first places where people kept tame chickens.

More about the Chinese environment

Bibliography and further reading about the Chinese environment:

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