Giant pandas no longer endangered species - IUCN

Giant pandas no longer endangered species - IUCNThe International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says theyve moved the giant panda off their endangered species list. The panda bear will remain listed as vulnerable on the IUCNs Red List, which classifies species according to population sizes and threats they are facing.

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The global giant panda population has been on the rise, with an estimated total population of 2,060 pandas in 2015, up from 1,596 counted in a 2000-2004 census. Both statistics were obtained from Chinas forestry agencies.

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According to the IUCN, Chinese government forest protection and reforestation efforts have been a large part in the successful protection of the panda bear.

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The organization has observed increased forest cover in China, providing more potential habitat to giant pandas.

However, the IUCN also notes that climate change will likely eliminate over 35% of panda habitats in the next 80 years, potentially reversing the progress made in the past two decades. Therefore, they say, the animals long-term survival very much remains dependant on continuing conservation efforts.
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