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Giant panda no longer endangered

A panda cub is pictured at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province on February 5.

Photo: CNA, provided by China News

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a report released on Sept 4 that the panda is now classified as a “vulnerable,” rather than “endangered,” species, reflecting its growing numbers in the wild in southern China. It said the wild panda population jumped to 1,864 in 2014 from 1,596 in 2004, the result of work by Chinese agencies to enforce poaching bans and expand forest reserves.

The report warned, however, that climate change is predicted to eliminate more than 35 percent of its natural bamboo habitat in the next 80 years, potentially leading to another decline.

The panda population reached an estimated low of less than 1,000 in the 1980s due to poaching and deforestation, until Beijing threw its full weight behind the conservation of the animal. The Chinese government and the World Wildlife Fund established the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province in 1980. Wild panda numbers have slowly rebounded as China cracked down on the skin trade and gradually expanded its protected forest areas to now cover 1.4 million hectares.





(美聯社╱ 翻譯:涂宇安)


1. vulnerable adj.


(yi4 wei2; cui4 ruo4)

2. poach v.


(dao4 lie4)

3. climate change n. phr.


(qi4 hou4 bian4 qian1)

4. rebound v.


(hui2 sheng1)

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