A Much-Celebrated Success
The plight of the Giant Panda has been a major focus for environmentalists and conservation efforts for many years, and it appears that their efforts have borne fruit.
Those adorable creatures are now doing well enough that they have been officially taken off of the Endangered Species List, so we should take comfort in knowing that their cuteness will be with us for a long time to come.
That doesn’t mean we can rest completely easily, though, as people could repeat their past mistakes, and Giant Pandas are still classified as “vulnerable.”
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We’re cracking out the celebratory shoots / leaves at the v. happy news giant pandas have officially come off the global list of ‘endangered’ animals.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced its status has been downgraded to ‘vulnerable’ on the Red List of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17% increase in the giant panda population in the decade up to 2014, when a China-wide census found 1,864 giant pandas living in the wild.
“For over fifty years, the giant panda has been the globe’s most beloved conservation icon as well as the symbol of WWF. Knowing that the panda is now a step further from extinction is an exciting moment for everyone committed to conserving the world’s wildlife and their habitats,” says a stoked Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General. “The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity.”