Chinese wildlife photographer Xi Zhinong

Mr. Xi Zhinong has been working as a wildlife photography for more than 30 years. He photographed many wild species, and most of them are endangered species that are difficult to film, include giant panda, Tibetan antelope, golden snub-nosed monkey, takin and Przewalski’s gazelle, etc.

[img src=]10400Crested Ibis (Nipponia Nippon)
Crested Ibis, the so-called Orient Ruby, was once on the edge of extinction. After years of conservation, their beautiful forms are now reappearing in their natural habitat. [Yangxian, Shaanxi 2004.6]
[img src=]8101Skulls of Tibetan Antelope
"I gathered up these skulls abandoned by poachers, and placed them together on the ground," said Xi Zhinong. [Altun Mountains, Xinjiang 1998]
[img src=]7340Przewalski’s Gazelle (Procapra przewalskii)
[Qinghai Lake, Qinghai 2009.1]
[img src=]6861Marco Polo Sheep (Ovis ammon polii)
On this sparsely vegetated mountain, a huge flock of male Marco Polo sheep runs towards the camera, with the oldest leading the young. [Taxkorgan, Xinjiang 2006.8]
[img src=]6650Marco Polo Sheep (Ovis ammon polii)
This alpha male immediately leaps out of sight on seeing the camera. [Taxkorgan, Xinjiang 2005.11]
[img src=]6280Creat Gormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
[Bird island of Qinghai Lake, Qinghai 2006.7]
[img src=]6241Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)
[Kekexili, Qinghai 2006.12]
[img src=]5840Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)
[Dashanbao, Zhaotong,Yunnan 2008.1]
[img src=]5390Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)
[Napahai, Yunnan 2008.2]
[img src=]5490Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)
Napahai is an important winter habitat for black-necked crane in Yunnan. Tibetans regard them as propitious birds so never hurt them. [Napahai, Yunnan 2008.1]
[img src=]5270Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
The Yunnan snub-nosed monkey has a pink face, two bright red lips and a punk hairstyle, looking so much like a human being. [Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan 2002.1]
[img src=]5380Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys mainly inhabit alpine dark coniferous forest, but certain groups, distributed in the southern areas, also inhabit low-altitude broad-leaf forest. [Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan 2006.11]
[img src=]5000Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
This family portrait is incomplete. Normally a Yunnan snub-nosed monkey family consists of one male, two to three females and their offspring. [Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan 2002.1]
[img src=]5030Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
Many secrets concerning the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey remain undiscovered. For example, how intelligent are they and what emotions do they feel? We need time to discover the answers, which is an urgent problem we must confront. [Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan 2006.11]
[img src=]4820Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
This was the clearest and most impressive image of wild Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys took at the time, for which won the Gerald Durrell Award (for endangered species) in the BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition that year. [Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan 2001.3]
[img src=]4720Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
The Yunnan snub-nosed monkey jumps from tree to tree when traveling. This one month old flies with its mother, who has full confidence in her own skills and her infant’s adaptability. [Hongla Snow Mountain, Mangkang, Tibet 2006.5]
[img src=]4520Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti)
[Kunming, Yunnan 1995]
[img src=]4450Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
This six-month-old cub stays safely up a tree, waiting for its mother. [Changqing,Shaanxi 1999.3]
[img src=]4470Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana)
Food is comparatively scarce in the depths of winter, so golden snub-nosed monkeys have to huddle together to keep warm and reduce energy-consumption. [Zhouzhi, Shaanxi 2004.12]
[img src=]4340Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana)
[Zhouzhi, Shaanxi 2003.9]
[img src=]4560Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata) [Kekexili, Qinghai 2006.12]
These are Tibetan gazelles which are often mistaken for Tibetan antelope. The main difference can be seen from the obvious heart-shaped white hips of the former, and the much bigger horns of the latter. [Kekexili, Qinghai 2006.12]
[img src=]4390Kiang (Equus kiang)
[Altun Mountains, Xinjiang 1998.12]
[img src=]4461Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
[Kekexili, Qinghai 2010.1]
[img src=]4460Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
The Tibetan antelopes’ rutting season is during winter. This is when the males faces turn black showing their mating mask. Their long horns, resembling pairs of swords, are very accident prone in mating combat. [Kekexili, Qinghai 2006.12]
[img src=]4202Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
[Kekexili, Qinghai 20112]
[img src=]4170Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
[Kekexili, Qinghai 2006.12]
[img src=]3860Woolly Hare (Lepus timidus)
[Southern Qinghai Lake, Qinghai 2007.7]
[img src=]4030Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus)
[Ha Giang,Vietnam 2009.4]
[img src=]3880White Eared Pheasant (Hoolock leuconedys)
[Gaoligong Mountain, Yunnan 2011.5]
[img src=]3841Kiang (Equus kiang)
[Altun Mountains, Xinjiang 1997.12]
[img src=]4020Wild Yak (Bos mutus)
Wild Yak, the largest wildlife on the Tibetan Plateau and the ancestor of the domestic yak,is usually described as dangerous. However, it won’t attack unless provoked by humans. [Kekexili, Qinghai 2003.12]
[img src=]4051Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
Two golden takins greet each other as they meet unexpectedly on a cliff in Qinling Mountains. [Changqing, Shaanxi 2004.7]
[img src=]3962Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana)
[Zhouzhi, Shaanxi 2004.12]