Gi­ant pan­das are still en­dan­gered: Ex­pert

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

It’s still too risky to down­grade gi­ant pan­das from en­dan­gered to vul­ner­a­ble on the International Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture’s Red List of Threat­ened Species, said an ex­pert from a ma­jor breed­ing cen­ter for the species.

The union com­pleted an ap­praisal of the num­ber of pan­das and their habi­tats a year ago. A well-in­formed source re­cently told the South China Morn­ing Post that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­sid­er­ing down­grad­ing the gi­ant panda’s sta­tus.

Zhang Hemin, chief of the China Con­ser­va­tion and Research Cen­ter for the Gi­ant Panda in Wenchuan county, Sichuan prov­ince, said such a down­grad­ing would be detri­men­tal to panda con­ser­va­tion. The panda ex­pert has been de­voted to panda research and con­ser­va­tion for 33 years.

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