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Giant Pandas at Risk from New Chinese Forestry Policies

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China’s efforts to conserve and grow its populations of endangered giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) are at odds with its own changing forestry policies, which could damage or destroy up to 15 percent of the pandas’ habitat, according to conservationists writing in the February 1 issue of Science. At the heart of the matter is a [...]

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Imperiled giant pandas need replanted bamboo forests in order to reconnect

Giant panda habitats are too fragmented and need to be reconnected in order for the endangered animals to maintain their genetic diversity, a new study shows. The study, conducted by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Wildlife Conservation Association, both in Beijing, was published July 23 in the open-access journal BMC [...]

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Pandas’ newest threat–economics–threatens extinction in 2 to 3 generations

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As if pandas didn’t have it bad enough already, now comes a new report that predicts China’s blossoming economy poses such a great threat to giant pandas that the species could be extinct in two to three generations. The report comes from animal conservationist Fan Zhiyong, species program director at the Beijing office of the [...]

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