Pandas Here to Stay


Pandas were put on the “rare” list in 1986 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Red List of Threatened Species officially declared them endangered in 1990. However, since September 4,2016 pandas are no longer endangered.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature announced that the Giant Panda was no longer considered “endangered” and was now just “vulnerable.” In 2004, the panda population was at 1,596; however, in 2014 a census reported that the panda population in China was 1,864.

This increase was due to the effort of many organizations such as the WWF (Worldwide Wild Fund) and Chinese Ministry of Forestry. Through their efforts, many panda reserves where established from the early 1960s to now.giant_panda_tai_shan

Although the panda population has increased, many conservationists have suggested that climate change in the next 80 years can wipeout 35 percent of bamboo habitats, which can cause a decrease in panda population and possibly their extinction since bamboo is the main food source for pandas.

The destruction of bamboo habitats has been the cause of panda endangerment because pandas rely heavily on different types of bamboo throughout the year. If one type of bamboo was not available, the pandas go a large period of time without food.

The Chinese government took it into their hands to protect and preserve the bamboo habitats. In addition to protecting the bamboo habitats, the Chinese government has also passed a law that concludes that whoever kills or is found chengdu-pandas-d10with panda pelts will be sentenced to 20 years in jail.

This law may seem too drastic for some, but it seems to be the only way to protect pandas from the dangers of extinction and clearly it has played a factor in the pollution growth of pandas.





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