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Census finds panda numbers in China on the rise

Census finds panda numbers in China on the rise

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The number of giant pandas in China has increased significantly in a recent 10-year period, according to the results of the latest census released by China's State Forestry Administation on Saturday. The number of giant pandas in the wild increased to 1,864 as of the end of 2013, 16.8 percent more than existed in 2003 when the last census of the giant panda population was conducted, according to the census. There were also 375 giant pandas in captivity at the end of 2013, compared with 164 a decade earlier, the survey found. The census, which was compiled by more than 2,000 people over three years, found that Sichuan Province in southwestern China was the country's most giant panda-friendly region, with 1,387 giant pandas, or about 75 percent of the total wild population, living there. Researchers warned, however, that maintaining the animal's habitat in the wild remained a major challenge because of economic development, with some giant panda groups relatively small and facing the threat of being wiped out. Many habitats are being broken up, preventing different giant panda groups from interacting with each other, the survey found. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 13:54 GMT+08:00