Is the Giant Panda Finally Back on Track?

Amazing news hit the Princeton area early this month. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is no longer Endangered.

"How is this possible?" you may ask. Pandas have been on the brink of extinction since before you can remember, and they almost refuse to breed in captivity.

Well, while zoos have floundered in getting the black-and-white bears to get their groove on, China has been enforcing some pretty serious conservation measures to protect the panda's existing habitat, and regrow some of the bamboo forests that were lost.

More space to live; more pandas in the wild.

According to the IUCN Red List, there are now over 2,000 pandas living in their natural habitat, and that population is stable, or growing. However, the IUCN explicitly warns, "climate change is predicted to eliminate more than 35 percent of the Panda's bamboo habitat in the next 80 years."

Less space to live, no more pandas.

Though the giant panda is no longer considered Endangered by the IUCN Red List, it is still listed as Vulnerable, and if climate change continues, "Panda population is projected to decline, reversing the gains made during the last two decades."

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