The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage nature site list has grown by eight, with the inclusion this week of six new designated nature sites along with two mixed nature/culture sites. In all, the organization named 21 new sites to the list, including 12 other strictly cultural locations.
UNESCO identifies cultural and natural heritage sites around the world that are considered to be of outstanding value to humanity and worthy or preservation and protection.
Among the new nature sites is Hubei Shennongjia in China's Hubei province. Its forests, the largest in central China, are home to several rare animals, including the golden snub-nosed monkey, seen swinging above. Clouded leopards and common leopards, as well as Asian black bears, live there too.
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