Yan Fang


Yan Fang works at Kunming Institute of Zoology where she has recently completed a PhD in conservation genetics. As a part of the Chinese Giant Salamander project Fang aimed to untangle the mystery of the salamander genetics.

EDGE Project

The EDGE Chinese giant salamander project aimed to improve the knowledge and capacity to underpin, promote and implement a strategic conservation plan for the Chinese giant salamander. Four fellows contributed to the project, bringing their own personal skill set to each component.

For her part in the project, Yan Fang undertook conservation genetic research across the salamander’s range and investigated the possibility of multiple giant salamander subspecies or even species.


The 2014 Chinese Giant salamander project achievements include:

  • ZSL signed an MoU with the FNNR management authority, which has committed to supporting ongoing amphibian work in the reserve and has agreed to establish a visitor centre featuring Chinese Giant salamanders and contribute towards the costs of undertaking field surveys;
  • Training workshops have been held to train the project collaborators in standardised protocols for field survey methods. This will increase the level of monitoring the salamander receives across its range;
  • Shu Chen presented findings from the project at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France;
  • A documentary film has been produced for the project: “Giants on the EDGE”, and was aired at the 3rd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology to further raise the conservation awareness of the Chinese Giant salamander internationally;
  • A book aimed at encouraging students to explore the wildlife of Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve was published and launched.


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