A little story about pandas. Giant pandas have been chewing bamboo for about 3 million years, but they were so elusive in the high mountains of China, pandas weren't discovered by western naturalists until 1869.
The Chinese call them "Xiongmao" meaning "bear that looks like a cat." The adjective they use is "meng" which translates, "cute like a baby." Also, giant pandas are very good swimmers.
Until recently, the giant panda was on its way to extinction. But then, thanks the reproduction efforts in zoos as well as reforestation and conservation campaigns, the panda's conservation status was upgraded from endangered to just vulnerable.
The number of wild giant pandas in China has increased from 1,114 in the 1980s to 1,864, according to a survey on the panda population. Meanwhile, the protected panda habitat area has almost doubled to 2.58 million hectares, protecting 66.8 percent of giant pandas living in the wild.
Although recent population increases show that some success has been achieved, the panda still needs help. After decades of work, it is clear that the future of pandas and their forest home depends on even greater efforts, especially with the increasing impact of climate change. To help giant pandas, you can donate to the WWF to conserve the species and their habitats.