Following conservation initiatives, the giant panda no longer appears on China’s list of endangered species, and other animals like the Siberian tiger and the Asian elephant have also beneficiated from those efforts.
“Thanks to decades of collaboration between the Chinese government, local communities, companies and NGOs, the giant panda’s future is more secure,” says Colby Loucks, World Wildlife Fund‘s Vice President for Wildlife Conservation. “China’s successful conservation of giant pandas shows what can be achieved when political will and science join forces.”
The giant panda’s status has been updated to “vulnerable”, and there are 1,800 individuals living in the wild, partly thanks to the efforts authorities devoted to maintaining nature reserves. The conservation work needs to remain stable to not lose the achievements made. In 2000, there were 1,100 giant pandas living in the wild, and 422 in captivity.