Giant Panda Conservation
It is estimated there are only 1600 mature Giant Pandas in the wild.
Because of China’s dense and growing human population, many panda populations are isolated in narrow belts of bamboo no more than 1.2km wide.
Habitat restoration is the most significant factor in conserving Giant Pandas.
Despite some conservation successes in the panda's habitat in recent years, problems still persist. The most pressing threats are habitat loss and fragmentation caused by:
- conversion of forests to agricultural areas,
- medicinal herb collection,
- bamboo harvesting,
- poaching, and
- large-scale development activities such as road construction, hydropower development, and mining.
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