The Straits Times reported that China has removed the giant panda from its list of endangered animals. Thanks to the reserves, whose staff worked to preserve the country’s biodiversity, pandas have been moved to the category of a vulnerable species.
The population of pandas in the wild has increased to about 1,800, indicating an improvement in their living conditions and demonstrating China’s efforts to preserve the integrity of their habitats.
– said the head of the Department of Nature Conservation and Ecology of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment Cui Shuhong.
Since the 1970s, China has conducted four panda censuses – roughly every ten years. Basically, the count was carried out in the provinces of Sichuan, Shanxi, and Gansu, in which most of these animals live. In 2003, the number of pandas was 1,596, and in 2013 – 1,864. China protects pandas by relocating inhabitants from animal habitats and also breeds them in reserves.
Employees of the China Center for the Conservation and Research of Giant Pandas in Wenchuan County said that the country has managed to solve three main problems of animal breeding: difficulties with the entry of pandas into the mating cycle, fertilization, and low survival rate of cubs. Since 2006, scientists have bred more pandas in captivity than before, and after they were released into the wild, about nine of them survived: this is an excellent result in maintaining the species.