July 19, 2024

WHY IN NEWS?

Chinese conservation officials have announced that, Chinese giant Panda is no longer an endangered species.

ABOUT:

  • Status of giant panda has been updated to “vulnerable”.
  • There are now 1,800 giant pandas living in wild.
  • Number increased due to the China’s devotion in maintaining nature reserves and other conservation initiatives during recent years.
  • Number of other species like Siberian tigers, Asian elephants, and crested ibises have also increased gradually.

IUCN Status of Giant Panda

Giant panda was considered “vulnerable” for five years. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) removed giant pandas the list of endangered species in 2016. This decision was challenged by Chinese officials then.

Giant panda

This bear, also known as panda bear, is native to South Central China. Bear is characterised by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body. Giant panda name is used to distinguish it from red panda. They belong to order Carnivora, but are also folivore. Bamboo shoots and leaves making more than 99% of their diet. They occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in form of birds, carrion or rodents. They also eat (in captivity) honey, eggs, fish, yams, oranges, bananas or shrub leaves along with specially prepared food.

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