News of the birth of a baby panda in France
The big news is that another little one was born this past year (2016-2017) and giant pandas like myself (photo) are no longer in danger. The threat that my friends and I become extinct as a species has become much less likely.
This is the announcement that came from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, also called IUCN, which is a committee of several members and experts from different countries and organizations that assess the state of the world’s natural environment and resources. Its mission is to inform and restore a balance in safeguarding animal species (yes, we are talking about me and my friends again!), the environment and many other topics. What they do for our planet is awesome.
However, we must remain vigilant as pandas are still too few in number so the situation could easily change only to find ourselves in a very difficult situation once again.
Whilst large institutions such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Chengdu Chinese Pandas Research and Conservation Center do a lot for our protection, global warming still threatens our survival with the disappearance of a third of the world’s bamboo forests (which are pandas’ staple diet) together with other plants. That’s simply not cool!
In the meantime, let me thank you all (including you) for taking care of us so I may continue to share my adventures and tell you stories with a lighter heart.
At present, we are roughly 1 864 adult giant pandas in the world according to experts. This number could reach 2 060 very quickly with the birth of panda cubs.
Let’s keep a close eye on the situation and as soon as I get any news I’ll let you know.
Take a look at this link for more information about the IUCN and their mission. It’s worth checking out.