Giant pandas are still endangered: Expert
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.