BEIJING: The number of rare and endangered wild animals and plants in China has been on the rise thanks to the country’s strengthened protection in the last five years.
From 2016 to 2020, more than 300 rare and endangered wild animals had attained stable growth through artificial breeding, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
The number of wild giant pandas rose to 1,864 during the period, while the population of Asian elephants and Tibetan antelopes increased to 300 and over 300,000, respectively.
Wild horses and elk, which once disappeared in the country, re-established their wild population. Nine captive-bred giant pandas returned to nature and successfully adapted to the wild environment.
China has also made consistent efforts to protect wild plants. Currently, China has nearly 200 botanical gardens of all levels and types, collecting and preserving more than 20,000 species of plants. — Xinhua