- Giant panda no longer endangered species as per China.
- Their population has now increased to 1,800, and they're classed as 'vulnerable'.
- The increase comes from improved living conditions and China's efforts in keeping their habitats intact.
- The conservation efforts have helped other species like Siberian tigers, Amur leopards, Asian elephants, and crested ibis.
- Panda's still face other threats, it's estimated the climate crisis could wipe out more than 35% of their bamboo forest habitat in the next 80 years.
The change "reflects their improved living conditions and China's efforts in keeping their habitats integrated," head of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment Department of Nature and Ecology Conservation Cui Shuhong said at a press conference reported by BBC News.
Panda no longer endangered species
The Chinese announcement comes four years after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed the giant panda's status from endangered to vulnerable. However, Chinese officials argued at the time that the move would lead to the reduction of still-needed conservation efforts.
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Now, experts and officials say the change is due to China's efforts to protect and expand the panda's preferred bamboo forest ecosystem. The country has created large reserves in mountain areas for the animals to roam, CNN reported.
"China has established a relatively complete nature reserves system," Cui said, as CNN reported. "Large areas of natural ecosystems have been systematically and completely protected, and wildlife habitats have been effectively improved."
These conservation measures have improved the outlook for other endangered species as well.
"The number of species such as Siberian tigers, Amur leopards, Asian elephants, and crested ibis has increased significantly," Cui added.
The news of panda no longer endangered was widely celebrated on Chinese social media site Weibo.
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"Wonderful, wonderful news," one user wrote, as The Guardian reported. "It shows all the efforts have been paid off. Well done."
However, pandas still face threats. The climate crisis could wipe out more than 35 percent of their bamboo forest habitat in the next 80 years, according to the IUCN.
"It's a good start indeed, but there are still threats to these species," another Weibo user wrote. "Do not relax."