Animals of Tibet's Chang Tang

The wildlife on the upper roof of the world.


Cultural/historical Tibet (highlighted) depicted with various competing territorial claims.

Chang Tang is located in Northern Tibet and has been labeled as one of the last practically unexplored places on earth by wildlife biologist George Schaller and is bigger than the size of Germany. This perma-frozen, windswept, treeless wilderness dotted with large brackish lakes offers too harsh living condition for even the hardy Tibetan nomads to survive and is therefore completely uninhabited. Local wildlife like Yaks, Tibetan bears, Chirus (the Tibetan antelope) and wolfs are the kings of this 5000 meters area.

By Martin Adserballe