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The population of giant pandas in the wild has nearly doubled thanks primarily to China’s efforts to protect the species and their habitats over the last few decades.

According to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration, the total number of giant pandas increased from 1,100 in the 1980s to 1,900, marking a significant victory for wildlife conservation.

Established in October 2021, the Giant Panda National Park in Central China spans over 22,000 square kilometres, providing a home for around 72 per cent of the species’ population. Protected areas for the bears have increased in total size from 1.39 million hectares to 2.58 million hectares since 2012, safeguarding the beloved animals.

Source: Planet Ark