You’re still vulnerable, that’s true. But a great step has been taken to preserve it. Their numbers in the wild rose to 1,800. The panda bear is no longer critically endangered.
Effort and reward
“It reflects the improvement in their living conditions. And China’s efforts to keep their habitats integrated, ”said Cui Shuhong. He is the head of the Conservation Department of the Chinese Ministry of Environment. Years ago the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) removed the panda from this list. The Chinese questioned the decision at the time.
But how exactly did China save these fearsome animals? China has been trying to increase the giant panda population for years. These animals were once widespread in the south and east of the country. The increase in human population restricted them to areas that still contain bamboo forests. The success is due to Chinese efforts to recreate and repopulate bamboo forests.
Bamboo makes up about 99% of their diet. Pandas should eat between 12 and 38 kg of bamboo per day. “It’s about habitat restoration,” said Craig Hilton-Taylor, director of the IUCN Red List. “The restoration of their habitat has given them their freedom. And it provided them with food.
Habitat loss caused the population to drop to nearly 1,200 in the 1980s. “Bamboo has to be reclaimed. And gradually the number of pandas will recover, ”he says.
Ginette Hemley is Vice President of the World Wide Fund for Nature. “The Chinese did a great job. They have invested in panda habitats, expanded them and created new reserves, ”he mused. You are a wonderful example. That can happen when a government is committed to nature conservation.
the beloved panda
However, this success could only be short-lived. Climate change would reduce a third of the panda’s bamboo habitat over the next 80 years. “It’s getting too hot for the bamboo to grow,” said Hilton-Taylor.
Many Chinese zoos and institutions have chosen to breed giant pandas in captivity. Keeping animals in captivity is like an insurance policy, ”says Hilton-Taylor. But we don’t want to keep her imprisoned forever. There have been a few attempts to bring pandas into the wild
Now that the panda is no longer critically endangered, everyone is celebrating. Why is this animal so popular? What makes us love it
“Her black and white markings and the wide black spots around her eyes make her very charismatic. There’s nothing like it in the world, ”suggests Hemley.
“It is a happy coincidence of their natural adaptations. As a result, people find it pretty. And a cute and cuddly face is much easier to love, ”says Cheng Wen-Haur. He is Deputy General Manager of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. This organization manages most of the country’s zoos. «In the words of Baba Dioum [un famoso conservacionista senegalés]In the end, we only keep what we love.