According to China, Giant Pandas Should Remain on Endangered List
You may have heard that giant pandas are no longer an endangered species. Yay! But China says it is too soon to celebrate. In fact, China believes it might have been a mistake to take them off the endangered list.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put the pandas on the list of ‘vulnerable,’ letting the world know they now have less risk of becoming extinct.
This was a goal for many years, but China fears this will cause interest in this species to diminish. According to the government’s State Forestry Administration, there is still much work to be done in order to keep the panda population rising.
“If you lower the level of protection, there might be neglect.,The giant panda population and habitats will suffer irreversible losses, the achievements we’ve made so far will be lost, and smaller populations (of giant pandas) could face extinction without warning,” they said, according to a translation on Mashable.
From 2004 to 2014, the population of these peaceful black and white creatures grew 17%, meaning that approximately 2,060 giant pandas exist today.
The overall news is good and the future of giant pandas is promising, based on the progress and data. But China wants to continue in this positive direction and argues that it is necessary to continue with the same care as years before.