Protection of giant pandas will continue, says official

BEIJING: China’s protection of giant pandas will not be weakened despite their no longer being endangered, an official said.

Giant pandas are still first-class key protected wild animals in China, and are seen as the flagship and umbrella species of China’s endangered species protection, according to the China’s Forestry and Grassland Administration on Saturday.

The national treasure has become a trending topic in China after an official of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said at a press conference earlier this week that the species had been downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable”, as the population of giant pandas living in the wildness had reached 1,800.

“The downgrade is a testimony of the achievements of our giant panda protection efforts and shows the recognition of the international community for China’s efforts in this area,” the Forestry and Grassland Administration said.

Over the years, China has taken a raft of measures to strengthen the protection of wild animals, especially giant pandas.

So far, the country has established a total of 67 nature reserves for giant pandas, effectively protecting 53.8% of giant panda habitats and 66.8% of the wild giant panda population.

The administration said continued efforts would be made to strengthen the protection of giant pandas in accordance with domestic and international requirements. — Xinhua

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