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Heart of the Dragon

On an island in a lake in Anhui Provincea dragon stirs.  This is the ancestral home of Chinas largest and rarest reptile.  A creature of mystery and legend.  For more than 20 years, small-scale conservation projects are all that have kept Chinas 150 wild alligators from extinction.

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In China's southwestern Yunnan province exists a place of mystery and legend -- here, among mighty rivers and some of the oldest jungles in the world, is a bounty of wildlife. Explore the forces that have shaped this remarkable landscape while scouring the lush fauna. Travel deep into the jungle that serves as home to domesticated water buffaloes and jewel-colored birds. And navigate the forests where ancient tribes coexist with wild elephants as Nat Geo WILD goes inside Wild China.