According to the World Wildlife Fund, there were an estimated 1,600 pandas living in the wild during 2004. That is an increase of 600 from the 1988 estimate.Continue Reading
The WWF states that, to develop accurate estimates of the panda population, researchers travel to China's bamboo forests and mountainous regions. They search for panda droppings, which are inspected for undigested bits of bamboo. Bite marks of individual pandas are recognizable.
To a large extent, pandas are endangered because of habitat loss, poaching and illegal animal trading, says the WWF. However, cooperative recovery efforts are in place that seem to be helping the panda population increase.Learn more about Pandas
According to the World Wildlife Fund, as of 2014, there are fewer than 10,000 red pandas left in the world. Red pandas are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, only one step above an endangered status.Full Answer >
Based on information from the Smithsonian Institution, pandas eat primarily bamboo. In fact, in the wild, 99 percent of a panda's diet consists of bamboo. Of course, pandas also eat some other foods.Full Answer >
To save the panda from extinction, the rich biodiversity such as plants, landscapes and other animals that surround the pandas must also be preserved, as it is necessary for their survival. The removal of any species has dramatic consequences for those that remain. Pandas also economically benefit their local communities.Full Answer >
The giant panda is native to the high-mountain bamboo forests of western China. As of 2014, the wild panda population is limited to the Quinling and the Minshan mountain ranges, according to WWF Global. While their habitat was once much more widespread, including much of southern and eastern China, Myanmar and northern Vietnam, the growth of the human population restricts giant pandas to approximately 20 isolated areas.Full Answer >