Detentions for 1994 Murder of Environmentalist

Economic Observer reports that six men have turned themselves in to Qinghai police over the past month in connection with the 1994 murder of a well-known protector of the Tibetan antelope. Three other suspects remain at large.

Before he was killed, Sunandajie served as the deputy party secretary of Duo county, in the autonomous prefecture of Yushu which is located in the southwest of Qinghai province. From 1992, Sunandajie began to visited the He Hoh Xil area (可可西里) to conduct research and to protect the endangered Tibetan antelopes.

On Jan. 18, 1994, Suonandajie along with four of his team members arrested 20 poachers in the area. However on the return journey, they were attacked. When his body was found, he was frozen in the postion of re-loading his gun.

He later gave his name to the Suonandajie Natural Protection Station established at the source of the Yangtze in 1997 to act as a forward base for anti-poaching efforts.


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