Giant Panda No Longer Endangered

Giant Panda No Longer Endangered

The Giant Panda is a common symbol for conservation. For example, you even see it as part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) logo. This is because the Giant Panda used to be one of the most visible and discussed endangered species. Today, the Giant Panda is No Longer Endangered. And this is great news!

Don’t you love these cuddly giants? I certainly do. The way they move and behave. They are so gentle. Plus they look so cute with their black and white colors and chubby shape. I am so happy and grateful that they are now off the endangered species list.


Giant Panda No Longer Endangered – The Video

After the announcement that the Giant Panda No Longer Endangered, many news channels and websites shared this good news. Here is the video from CNN about this.


Announcement of Pandas No More Endangered

In September 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared that the Giant Panda is no longer considered an endangered species. This is because the Giant Panda population has increased enough for it to be downgraded to ‘vulnerable’. The population has increased by 17% in the last decade!

Okay, vulnerable does not sound good. But I see it as a step forward. At least they are one step further from extinction. Here is hoping that they will be upgraded further as the population increases even more.

So, for now, we know that the conservation efforts done by IUCN are working. This gives hope that they can do the same for other species that are facing extinction.


About Giant Pandas

As mentioned above, the Giant Panda is one of the most beloved conservation icon. It is also a symbol of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The Giant Panda is native to the mountain ranges in China, specifically the bamboo forests in the mountains to the west of the country.

Giant Panda Diet Eating Bamboo

The panda’s diet is bamboo. They must eat around 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo per day. And here is part of the problem. Bamboo is not a fragile plant. It can easily perish. It grows all over the mountains or barren lands. But in the winter, this delicate plant can die.

The pandas have adapted to live in cool temperatures. As such, living in the cold mountains is ideal for them. Below is a video that can provide you more information about the Giant Panda.


Why Were Giant Pandas Endangered?

Giant Pandas first became endangered in 1990. The two main causes of this were excessive poaching and loss of habitat.

Deforestation Depleted Bamboo Needed By Pandas

Poachers hunt and kill pandas for their fur. Deforestation and agriculture expansions resulted in further loss of their natural habitat. The latter forced the pandas to move to areas that have little or no bamboo. As such, many die of hunger.

The depletion of their main food source is further aggravated by climate change. With temperatures rising, the pandas have to move higher up the mountains. And again, these areas have little or no bamboo.

Bamboo does not have enough nutrients in a single branch. So, pandas have to eat at least 30 pounds of it every day to get enough nutrients to survive. Added to that, bamboo grows very slowly.

All the above have contributed to endangering the Giant Panda.


What Efforts Were Made to Save The Giant Panda?

Since food source is of utmost importance, one of the initiatives is to save the pandas’ natural habitat as much as possible. There is an integrated network of giant panda reserves where bamboo forests are safeguarded. These preserves are protecting nearly two thirds of all wild pandas.

Another major effort is to educate and work with the local communities. Sustainable livelihoods are developed and impact on the forests are minimized. Below is a video with more information about the giant pandas no longer endangered and efforts to save them.

There is still more work to be done here. This is because the pandas are still vulnerable. In fact, it can easily be endangered again. The habitats can still be threatened by poorly planned infrastructure projects in China. With only 1,864 pandas still in the wild, conservation groups are fighting hard to get the pandas totally off the endangered species red list.


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18 Thoughts to “Giant Panda No Longer Endangered”

  1. Robyn

    Love the article. Great videos. They are cute and cuddly. Always nice to hear some good news. I agree that pandas should still be protected and allow the population to grow. Hope to see a new article soon with proof of higher population.

    1. Glad you love this post, Robyn. Thanks! 🙂

      Yes, it is always nice to hear good news. That is what this site is created for. To bring good and positive news from around the world. Also to help with uplifting anyone with anything good. To continue to receive good news, please join our mailing list. 🙂

  2. Hey I really enjoyed this article, I honestly thought that pandas were still endangered. I think that it is good news that they went from endangered to vulnerable and I hope it can get even better from there. Pandas are so cute and lovable animals. They look so innocent and you just want to love them.Endangerment of animals just prove how humans can be so selfish in their personal wants that we put all the other life on the planet to be endangered , we as humans need to be less selfish.

    1. Well said, Daniel. I totally agree. We need to do what we can to help raise the pandas from vulnerable to safe. And humans need to be less self focused, and more helping each other and all living beings.

      I am glad this article helped raise awareness that the pandas have been saved from being endangered. But there is still a lot of work to be done. We can do better than just less than 2,000 pandas in the whole wide world.

  3. This is quite an educative article. I had always seen the Giant Panda on the WWF logo but had never realized how close they were to extinction. The advocacy and conservation efforts have clearly paid off!

    1. Yes, they have, Mark! Thanks for the kind praise. Yes, part of sharing the good news is to educate people on saving the Giant Panda. Please join our mailing list to receive updates. 🙂

  4. This is really wonderful news that giant pandas are no longer endangered. There is so much fear of so many different animals that are endangered right now, to have one less means people are changing their ways.

    Like you said there still so much work to be done before the endangerment of animals completely stops, especially panda will be eradicated. Thanks to your article and other articles like yours, it is happening.

    1. Thank you, Eric. I am so happy and grateful that you understand the goal and purpose of this site. Yes, posiTVty is here to spread good news. It is hoped that with more good news, the world can be a better place.

      And you are so right. There are too many endangered species. Some sadly have left this earth. We must do more to save the ones that are still here. And people changing their ways can help make that happen.

  5. This is truly an inspirational story. I love the Giant Panda’s, my mom used to be crazy about them and had a huge collection of stuffed animals, figurines and much more : ) I love what you are doing here, there is too much bad in the world today and everyone needs a happy story and some inspiration. I don’t like hearing about the poachers, I really wish that it was not an issue. Anyway, thank you for sharing! I look forward to the next good news!

    1. Thanks Tracy! I totally agree with you. Too many bad news today. This is one of the reasons why I have created this space. For people to read about good things that happen in this world, and be uplifted. To be happy.

      I love the Giant Panda too. Whenever I see anything about this cute and cuddly animal, I will focus on it for a while.

      I too wish the poachers and people who hunt animals are issues that no longer exist.

      Please join our mailing list to receive updates on good news. 🙂

  6. As a fan of the Giant Panda I am happy hear about its removal from the endangered list. I enjoyed this post and I thought you made great use of the videos. You gave me a lot of interesting information about the Panda that I was not aware off. For example, it never occurred to me that the black and white fur of the Panda made it blend in two different environments. Thanks for sharing this good news about the Panda.

    1. I am a fan of the Giant Panda too, Thabo! 🙂

      Thanks! I am very happy and grateful you enjoyed the videos. And learned new stuff about the pandas. Awesome! 🙂

      Glad you enjoy the good news! Please join our mailing list to receive updates. 🙂

  7. I really enjoyed finding out more about these extra cute Pandas and it is awesome that they have been upgraded from the endangered species list. I have always loved the Panda bear and I feel it is great that the population is growing and people are taking the initiative to help preserve the lives of Pandas in the wild. I never realized that the Panda’s main staple in there diet only consisted of Bamboo, I can see where they would have to eat tons of it to get the nutritional value. While watching the first video, I had wondered why the babies seemed so small to find out in one of the other videos it is due to the diet, that does make more sense. Thanks for providing this thorough information I enjoyed learning more about the Panda and its natural habitat.

    1. You’re welcome Dena. 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed learning more about the Panda and where they live.

      I too am so happy that they have been upgraded from endangered. Hence, this good news article. Please join our mailing list to receive more good news updates like this. 🙂

  8. I am so happy to hear the good news about Giant Panda no longer being endangered!

    I am glad that people create reservation lands to save pandas, but 1,864 pandas living in the wild seem like too few. Are poachers still a danger for those left in the wild, or strict protection and high fines are imposed and work effectively to reduce poaching?

    I love these cute and harmless animals! Thank you for the informational post and the videos.

    All the best,

    ~ Julia

    1. Thanks Julia! 🙂

      I too am very happy that the Giant Panda is no longer endangered. Hence, this good news piece. 🙂

      Yes, 1,864 pandas is still too few. And poaching is still one of the dangers for this gentle animal. The government is doing their best to stop poaching. Their efforts are helping. I think more needs to be done. And it will take time.

      I too love these cute and cuddly friends. 🙂

      Have a great day!

      Timotheus

  9. Great post, I didn’t know the Pandas was on the verge of extinction. I’m glad there is a turn around in their population. I think Pandas are beautiful and it would be sad to see them go extinct. Like many animals before have went, all animals should be protected by stiffer laws. I really liked this information very good post.

    1. Thanks Fred. Yes, there is not much awareness of the pandas’ plight. That is why sites like posiTVty strive to create awareness.

      I am glad for the turnaround too. 🙂

      Please join my mailing list to receive updates. 🙂

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