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Wild giant panda population is on the rise

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2015 · Comment icon 11 comments

Pandas are one of the world's best known endangered species. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 jballeis
A new census has revealed that the number of giant pandas living in the wild has risen by 17 percent.
The panda has long been viewed as a prime example of a species at risk of extinction due to the destructive habits of mankind, but in a rare case of good news for conservationists this week China's State Administration of Forestry has revealed that the number of pandas living in the wild has increased by 268 in the last ten years.

The survey also revealed that the areas in which the pandas live, China's Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, have also increased in size by 2.5 million hectares.
The news has been greeted with great enthusiasm by conservationists including the WWF's John Baker who described it as "a demonstration of successful conservation actions."

"Much of this success is due to the implementation of policy changes including banning commercial logging in panda habitats and more effective management of forest protected areas," he said.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (11)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
It's nice to see some good news.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Good job! Sounds like they were "this close" to extinction.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
If there is already land that has been de-forested, the Chinese could sow bamboo seed or plant bamboo shoots and get new areas established for future introductions of Panda. They could also do this with offshore islands if any are not populated, which unfortunately is unlikely.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
And we trust the Chinese government to give us accurate data, Why?
Comment icon #6 Posted by phantasia 8 years ago
And we trust the Chinese government to give us accurate data, Why? Yeah, I trust their data as much as I trust data coming out of Russia.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DanteHoratio 8 years ago
If this is true, than this is good.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Beefers 8 years ago
And we trust the Chinese government to give us accurate data, Why? Can't be any worse than data from the US govt. But good news, sadly we can't save animals at the rate we're erradicating them though.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
I really don't trust this data. It's impossible unless less habitat is destroyed and then restored from previous losses. That doesn't happen in China
Comment icon #10 Posted by moon tide 8 years ago
Very good to hear. I just hope they don't start winding up on the menu in some dingy backstreet somewhere. If that starts happening in China I'm sure the authorities will take a very dim view on the matter. I pray for you Giant panda. Hang in there.
Comment icon #11 Posted by GreenmansGod 8 years ago
Yet they let the Baiji go extinct. To me this is hype, Pandas are cute, so it makes people feel good, but it doesn't address the mass extinction issue.

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