The Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunnan province China, is at the heart of a biodiversity hotspot that isn’t well known outside China. In 2014 the website Science Codex reported that 30 new species of spider had been identified in the Garden.
This area of China is one of the few parts that hasn’t seen its tropical rainforests destroyed by industrialisation and urbanisation, and the value of the area is now being recognised by scientists worldwide.
In October 2015 a group of total losers stole a branch of a rare rosewood tree, valued at more than 1 million yuan ($158,000) from the Garden, which is surrounded on three sides by a river with three bridges guarded 24/7. This must have been heartbreaking for the staff at the Garden. The China Daily reported that “the garden posted a photo of the tree and scolded the poacher as “a poop head” on it’s official micro blog account. The alleged thieves were arrested in mid January 2016. Losers. One positive to come out of that story was that it raised the profile of the Garden both in China and around the world.
You can read more about the magical Garden and its importance to China here.