Thanks to conservation efforts in China, the number of giant pandas in the wild is now slowly rebounding. In the following report, BON's Zach Reff looks at new findings that indicate that China's most beloved animal is now a little less endangered.
Panda lovers have a new reason to celebrate. The number of wild giant pandas now stands at around 1,600 animals. That's according to a recent study by the China National Forestry Administration. Their findings mark a slight increase from a similar study in 2007, which estimated that there were about 1,590 wild pandas at the time.
China is currently grappling with the aftermath of a big earthquake in Qinghai Province, but 2 years ago this month, a far more devastating quake struck. The Sichuan earthquake of May 2008 left 90,000 people dead or missing, but it also struck at the heart of panda country, where the majority of the world's wild and captive pandas live. BON's Tom Spender finds out how the survivors are faring.
It may be known as the dragon, but China’s most recognizable living mascot is the less fearsome giant panda.
Pandas have proved a hugely profitable exhibit in zoos around the world.
Now, as Andrew Livingstone reports, the province where the majority of the world’s pandas live is gearing up to cash in on a black and white resource.