Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered, Says China

By Paul Riegler on 15 July 2021
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A panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Chinese officials announced that giant pandas are no longer considered to be endangered.

The news comes after decades of work, largely in the Chengdu province, to save the species from extinction by creating large panda preserves across several mountain ranges, which helped drive their population in the wild up to the current figure of 1,800.

Going forward, the giant pandas will be classified as “vulnerable,” Cui Shuhong, director of the Department of Natural Ecological Protection of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The giant panda, also known as the panda bear or simply the panda, is a bear native to South Central China. The animal is characterized by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body.

“China has established a relatively complete nature reserves system,” Cui said at the press conference. “Large areas of natural ecosystems have been systematically and completely protected, and wildlife habitats have been effectively improved.”

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit research facility for giant pandas and other rare animals in Chengdu.  It was founded in 1987, starting with six giant pandas rescued from the wild.  By 2019, the captive population at the base had reached 206 and the global population of pandas in captivity had reached 600.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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