Giant pandas leave the list of threatened species of extinction

Giant pandas leave the list of threatened species of extinction

The giant panda went from a threatened species to a "vulnerable" species on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in the Hawaii congress.

For more than 20 years, pandas seemed to symbolize all threatened species, although their numbers were soaring thanks to the effective efforts of the Chinese government to protect forests.

China expanded giant panda habitats by nearly 12 percent in the last decade with a total of 67 nature reserves, according to a national study published in February 2015. The total habitat area reached 2.58 hectares at the end of 2013 , of which 72.4 percent are suitable for pandas, according to data from the Chinese forest authority.

Climate change threatens to wipe out more than 35 percent of bamboo forests, on which these animals depend, in the next 80 years, reversing the achievements of the past two decades, the IUCN warned.

Some 1,864 pandas live in China's Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu regions, a 2015 study indicated.

The investigation, carried out over three years, found that 319 hydroelectric plants, 1,339 kilometers of road, 268 kilometers of high-voltage cables, 984 new residential areas, 479 mines and 25 tourist attractions also threaten reproduction and development. of bears.

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