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Chinese Sturgeon Museum - Yangtze River Museum

The Chinese Sturgeon (中华鲟) is a member of the family Acipenseridae and the order Acipenseriformes. It is thought to have lived at the same time as dinosaurs, dating back to a period 140 million years ago. Because of that, it is sometimes also known as a living fossil. It is an animal strictly protected by the Chinese government, named a "national treasure" much like its mammalian counterpart, the Giant Panda.

Chinese Sturgeon - the Living Fossil on Yangtze

In China, Chinese sturgeon is mainly distributed over the trunk stream of the Yangtze River. Every year, from summer to autumn, a school of Chinese sturgeon, migrating to the upper reaches of Yangtze River from the shallow sea area out of the Yangtze River estuary, will lay eggs in their hometown. However, since the building of the famous Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project in the 1980's, the Chinese sturgeon's migration route has been obstructed by the dam. As a result, Chinese sturgeon has lost their spawning area for reproducing offspring which has also put the survival of Chinese sturgeon at risk.

In 1982 the Chinese government set up a major institution to protect the precious rare species, and to research the reproduction of the rare Chinese sturgeon in order to preserve them. From 1984, 4.44 million young Chinese sturgeon have been put into the Yangtze River. Since 1988 in order to provide the species with even greater protection, the Chinese sturgeon has been upgraded and has received a state-protected animal classification.

Chinese Sturgeon

Chinese Sturgeon Show

Chinese Sturgeon

Living Fossil on Yangtze

Chinese Sturgeon Museum - Yangtze River Museum

During your trip to the Chinese Sturgeon Museum (中华鲟园), you will have the opportunity to enjoy seeing not only Chinese sturgeon but also Russia sturgeon, American Paddlefish, Amur sturgeon, Hybrid sturgeon and many more. What is more, you will also have the chance to see the Chinese alligator, also called Yangtze alligator, in the Alligator Museum, along with giant salamander and mullet.

Chinese Sturgeon Museum in Yichang, Hubei

Chinese Sturgeon Museum

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