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WWF Announces That The Giant Panda Is No Longer An Endangered Species

Good news! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has reported that the Giant Panda is no longer an endangered species.

Time reports that WWF said in a statement that a 17% rise in the giant panda population in the decade up to 2014 has downgraded the species to “Vulnerable” from “Endangered”.

While this doesn't mean that the Giant Panda is out of danger, it does prove that breeding programmes and conservation has been working.

Already Chinese authorities are starting an initiative to start releasing some captive pandas back into the wild, Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General spoke about the downgrading of the Giant Panda's status.

 

“The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity,” 

 

Here's hoping that the WWF can continue its amazing work with local communities to save other endangered species and that we keep protecting the Giant Pandas for generations to come.

(Photo: WWF)

(Photo: WWF)

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By Kate Lismore, published on 05/09/2016

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