Pandas spread hope

A giant panda at Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette, Belgium. Stephanie Lecocq / EPA
A giant panda at Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette, Belgium. Stephanie Lecocq / EPA

The image of the giant panda has long been synonymous with the plight of endangered species across the planet. The animal is even the mascot for the World Wildlife Fund – but now it has been removed from the endangered species list. This is great news considering the challenges the giant panda has faced, not least from its own peculiar behaviour.

The beloved creatures are notoriously finicky about their food and have had many challenges in reproduction. Dedicated conservation efforts, worldwide awareness campaigns and important state legislation have all contributed to the rebirth of the giant panda population.

While the giant panda might be in the clear for the moment, there are many other problems facing other species. Eastern gorillas are critically endangered and the poaching of rhino in parts of Africa has been disastrous for the species. If the giant panda can be saved, with all its fussiness, then there is hope for others.

Published: September 6, 2016 04:00 AM

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