Why Are Pandas Important?

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.

Pandas are found in the mountains of western China, most of the wild population being distributed between the Qinling and Minshan Mountains. This region is also home to large forests full of wildlife such as dwarf blue sheep and multi-colored pheasants. It is also the home to many endangered species including the golden monkey, takin and crested ibis.

The environment of the panda is crucial for its survival. If the panda is protected, so is this surrounding wildlife and environment. Pandas roam throughout the bamboo forests in which they live and spread seeds, facilitating greater growth in vegetation. The region of China inhabited by pandas is also the home to millions of people. Making this area more sustainable for pandas will increase the quality of life of local populations as well. Pandas also bring huge economic benefits to these local communities through ecotourism and other activities, and they are a very important cultural icon for Chinese people.