China’s wild panda population is booming, thanks to increased conservation and international support.
There are now almost 70 wild panda nature reserves spread across China, whose focus is the preservation and development of both habitat and species. It was only recently that wild pandas were declared to be no longer an endangered species, and so this comes as additionally good news.
Data on wild pandas from the State Forestry and Grassland Administration has stated that the population has risen from 1,114 in the 1970s to 1,864, an overall rise of around 750. Given how notoriously challenging re-population of the species can be, these numbers are extremely encouraging.
According to Alix Culberston of Sky News:
‘In 2016 the status of pandas went from “endangered” to “vulnerable”, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) determined.
And thanks to their burgeoning population they are now even further from extinction, the State Forestry and Grassland Administration said.
A total of 66.8% of China’s wild giant pandas now live in the nature reserves, and 53.8% of the total giant panda population.’
To find out more about how you can help wild pandas, visit the WWF official website.