I have some news to share regarding the lovable and iconic giant pandas.
In case you haven’t heard, there has been a step forward towards improving the current population situation over the years. They’ve globally gone from being listed as “Endangered” to now “Vulnerable” as of September 2016, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
“The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the positive change to the giant panda’s official status in the Red List of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17% rise in the population in the decade up to 2014, when a nationwide census found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in China” (WWF).
This is good to hear, showing that conservation efforts are gradually progressing well. There is still more work to be done of course, but problems like this can never be fixed over night. I hope that we’ll eventually get to the point where they will once again be stable.
Restoring their habitat is a large part of this progress and that is why the Giant Panda National Park in China will be expanded to 10,500 miles, reported by Travel+Leisure. This will affect many people, but the expansion can greatly help the cause.
“The number of people affected by this relocation varies depending on the source. The London Times reports that 200,000 people will be relocated, and the Shanghai Daily puts that number at 172,000. The Giant Panda National Park will span 10,500 square miles across the Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces, and is one of several reservations planned for the coming years” (Travel+Leisure).
There are different ways you can help giant pandas, such as donating and supporting those who work and volunteer in the effort to bring them back from the threat of extinction. For example, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) offers jobs and internships as well as gifts for donations. Years ago, my mother donated some money and they gifted her with a giant panda stuffed animal, which she gave to me since they’re one of my favorite animals. Anyways, a simple thing you can do right now is bring more awareness about this to others by word of mouth and over social media.
That is all for now, thank you for reading and please share this story with your friends and family. Also, be sure to check out the recently new Endangered Awareness Facebook page! Have a great day! 🙂