Zhalong is located on the lower Wuyur He river, a tributary of the Nen Jiang river, 44 km from Qiqihar. The main habitat is marshland, and there are 228 pools and large areas of reedbed (80% of the total area). The open water is used by swimming birds, while the marshes are used by waders. The most serious threat to the nature reserve is over-exploitation of water resources for agriculture and oil mining.
Non-bird biodiversity: Most of the plants in the area are herbaceous.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zhalong Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2020.