For three lucky city-dwellers, it began online. But their journeys ultimately took them far from their computers, far from their cites, and deep into the Chinese countryside for some conservation adventure.
By recording video auditions and submitting them via Chinese social media to The Nature Conservancy, three urbanites — Iris (Beijing), Jenny (Shanghai), and Jared (Chengdu) — won a chance to visit and help conserve some of China's most important natural areas. Iris, for example, followed a monitoring and patrol team in wildlife-rich northern Sichuan's Motianling Land Trust Reserve, tracing the steps of wild pandas and even catching a glimpse of one on an infrared camera trap.
For her part, Jenny traveled over a thousand miles upstream from Shanghai to a nature reserve where she saw firsthand the tremendous threats facing the Yangtze's fish, and worked with reserve staff and fishermen to restore these important waters. And in the home of the Yunnan golden monkey, Jared sits in on community meetings on how to protect the local environment and hikes deep into some of China's last remaining primary forests with a ranger who has spent two decades protecting the elusive monkey.
Through this video China's huge urban population gets a glimpse of what it looks like to get out and protect nature. Do your part and help us protect some of the world's most iconic landscapes for future generations!