Chinese Giant Salamander articificial breeding base for ???

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Back in August, a base for the protection and artificial breeding of Chinese Giant Salamanders began in China. According to the article, Jing'an county has had a breeding center since 1974 and a nature reserve to protect the salamander since 1976. Apparently, this new base is either a renovation of the existing base or a completely new base. I've attempted to gather information on this research base but have not been successful. What they are using the salamanders for? They have produced 12,000 salamanders but have only "tried" to release the salamanders in the wild. Are they being produced for food or health and beauty products?

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