Photo by George Schaller. The Tibetan antelope, also called the chiru, was treatened by the demand for shahtoosh shawls made from its wool. It takes 3 to 5 dead antelopes to produce one shawl. And the newly opened Pan-Himalayan railway line may interfere with its migration routes.
But the Tibetan antelope may be recovering as local communities begin to embrace conservation efforts to protect the endangered species. “China has made a major effort to control poaching,” says George Schaller.