The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has just revealed some amazing news: the giant panda, an iconic species in the fight against animal extinction, is no longer endangered.
Giant pandas are now listed as “vulnerable” instead of the more serious “endangered”, following their incredible population growth in the last few years thanks to the efforts of conservationists.
While it’s long been thought that pandas were simply too lazy to mate, due to their energy-low diet of bamboo, they’ve certainly proved people wrong recently.
There are now 1,864 adults in the wild, largely thanks to China’s conservation work as the country lists the panda as their national animal. Including cubs, there are thought to be over 2,000 giant pandas alive today.
Sadly, this is only one success story amongst dozens of other species that still desperately need help to survive. The eastern gorilla population has recently dropped to 5,000, prompting them to be classed as “endangered”.
But, for the giant panda at least, this awesome news shows just what can be achieved when people work together to save these beautiful animals.
You can find out more at the WWF website.