The “Valley of the Cats” is the name given to a spectacular and unspoilt valley close to the town of Namsei (Angsai) in Zadoi (Zaduo) County, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. Situated on the Tibetan Plateau, the Valley of the Cats is a special place. The 22 resident families, each with their own herd of yak, hold strict Buddhist beliefs about the sanctity of all life and, as a result, have a harmonious relationship with the wildlife and environment. The densities of apex predators such as Snow Leopard, Leopard, Brown Bear and Lynx rival any place on Earth.
Sightings of Snow Leopards are regular and, with a host of other wildlife including White-lipped and Musk Deer, Woolly Hare, Himalayan Marmot, White Eared-pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Lammergeier and Himalayan Griffon Vulture as well as the range-restricted Tibetan Bunting and Tibetan Babax, the Valley of the Cats is a wildlife-watching paradise.
“大猫谷”是野生动物的天堂。雪豹在这个区域经常出没。白唇鹿, 高原兔, 喜马拉雅旱獭, 白马鸡, 高原兔, 旱獭, 高山兀鹫和数量稀少的藏鹀和棕草鹛也生活在这里。
Although the Valley of the Cats is situated in the core area of Sanjiangyuan (the source of the three great rivers – the Yellow, the Yangtze and the Mekong), China’s first pilot National Park, and access is strictly controlled (permits are required and independent travel is not permitted), the local government has agreed to low-volume community-based tourism for up to three groups involving a maximum of 12 people at a time.
Wildlife watching tourism has been designed to contribute to the local community and snow leopard conservation. 45% of the income will go to the host family, 45% to a community fund (for public welfare issues such as health insurance) and 10% to snow leopard conservation. Visitors can be confident that, as well as having an unforgettable experience, they will be contributing to the local community and snow leopard conservation.
The Valley is 3-4 hrs drive from Yushu which, in turn, is a 1-hour flight from Xining in Qinghai Province.
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***Please note that professional photographers or film makers, or any filming for commercial purposes, requires an additional special permit from the National Parks Authority. Anyone wishing to film in the Valley for commercial purposes will be required to prove they are in possession of such a permit before an application to visit will be accepted.***
The community-based tourism project in the Valley of the Cats is a community initiative. The community would like to thank 三江源国家公园管理局 (The Sanjiangyuan [Three-River-Source] National Park Administration)、玉树州人民政府 (Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefectural People’s Government)、玉树州林草局 (Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefectural Forestry and Grassland Administration)、杂多县人民政府 (Zaduo County People’s Government) and the 国家公园澜沧江源园区管委会 (Three-River-Source National Park Administration Commission of Langcang-River-Source Zone) for their guidance and support.
The community-based conservation in the Valley of the Cats is implemented by ShanShui Conservation Center 山水自然保护中心and supported by 阿拉善SEE（The SEE FOUNDATION)，Panthera，Snow Leopard Trust, 膳魔师 (THERMOS)，安迪维特（Advanturer) and 广州博冠（BOSMA).