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In the arms of the panda


By Tori St. Clair / LifeAtStart.com Reporter

If you’re anything like me, you love animals and want them to be protected and have rights.

As of Sunday, September 4, Giant Pandas are no longer on the endangered list.

The panda was moved from being endangered to being vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species. Giant Pandas have been endangered since 1990, but populations have risen 17% in the wild in 2004-2014.

This is thanks to two things: A huge decrease in the illegal poaching of them, and a huge expansion of their habitat. China now has 67 panda reserves, which are similar to a U.S. National Park. The Panda Reserve System was created in 1992 and increased available habitats for them.

The Chinese government has been working to help pandas for 30 years, not letting them go extinct. Since the 70s it has been the main focus of conservation groups to preserve them.

But the bad news is, because of climate changes, more than 35% of the pandas bamboo will be eliminated in the next 80 years. Which means the pandas are still at risk for extinction.

So in conclusion, long live pandas!

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