The population of Giant Pandas has been steadily on the decline so we are very happy to announce that, in light of China’s most recent National Giant Panda survey, this has now changed! The survey revealed that there was a minimum of 1,864 pandas in the wild with a 16.8% increase in their numbers in the past decade.
Giant Pandas are only found in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces of China. There are 67 natural reserves and 1,246 Pandas living in them, the 33% living outside the reserves are most at risk.
As well as helping to preserve Giant Pandas the forest reservations are also home to other rare species and plants of Southwest China, housing the likes of the Takin, Golden snub-nosed Monkey, Red Panda and Serow. Forest reserves also contain fresh water conservation areas which hugely benefit the locals.
WWF have made a massive contribution to this effort by donating money and technology to China, their iconic Panda logo is symbolic for the great work they have done and will continue to do. The charitable organisation have been in China helping the Giant Panda population for 30 years and hope to increase the numbers even more within the next decade.
Pandas are among a huge list of endangered animals and it is up to us to change this. We need to
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Now, here’s some cute pictures of the Pandas so that you can see what all the fuss is about!