This is good news for the animal world: the giant pandas left the list of species in danger of extinction after the last decade the species have recorded high growth.
The news was given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which, at this point, consider these adorable animals as a “vulnerable” species.
After years at risk of disappearing, the figures leave no room for doubt. According to the IUCN, between 1998 and 2002 there were 1,596 pandas in the wild and in 2014 the figures showed 1864 animals, an increase of 16% over the past decade.
Much of this success is due to a major effort by the Chinese government, implementing forest protection and reforestation programs, all for the recovery of the natural habitat of this animal.
There currently are 67 nature reserves dedicated to preserve about two thirds of the world’s pandas-giants. IUCN estimates indicate that the population of pandas is around 2060 animals, divided the world into subpopulations.
However the risk has not disappeared completely for the pandas. One of the great challenges in protecting these animals is directly related to climate change.
Many of the places where these animals live are already being affected, with consequences still difficult to predict.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which has a panda as brand image, already reacted to this news. Marco Lambertini, director of the association, said that this is an “exciting time for all who are committed to the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.”
The director of the WWW also said that “the panda recovery shows that when science, political will and the involvement of communities come together, we can save the wildlife and enhance biodiversity”