Pandas bearing up

The giant panda is now no longer classed as an endangered species.

Pandas bearing up

Photography: © naturepl.com/andy rouse/WWF-Canon

Following years of work by conservation charities such as the WWF and the commitment of the Chinese government, it was announced last month that the giant panda is now no longer classed as an endangered species.
There are currently around 1,860 giant pandas in the wild – nearly 17 per cent more than in 2003 – and these magnificent creatures have been moved from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable' in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's official list of threatened species.
However, the WWF warns that other species, such as the eastern gorilla, are under increasing threat. Want to help? Visit www.wwf.org.uk to adopt a mountain gorilla, and find out how you can support the charity's work.

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