Parks to step up protection of pandas, big cats
China will establish a national park system to increase the protection of giant pandas, Siberian tigers and Amur leopards, according to a decision made by the country’s leading group for overall reform.
A pilot program for a national park system will help increase the integrity, connectivity and coordination of the habitats of the three endangered animal species in China, according to a statement released after a meeting of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms.
The giant panda, Siberian tiger and Amur leopard, among the world’s most endangered species, have been put under top national protection.
There are fewer than 70 Amur leopards in the world, most of which live in Russia’s Far East, the northeastern provinces of China and the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.