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Chinese conservation officials have announced that giant pandas are no longer endangered. Their status has been downgraded to “vulnerable,” and the international conservation community is celebrating. “Thanks to decades of collaboration between the Chinese government, local communities, companies, and NGOs, the giant panda’s future is more secure,” said Colby Loucks, WWF’s Vice President for Wildlife Conservation. 1,800 giant pandas now roam the wild, up from 1,100 in 2000.
While China’s conservation community celebrates its big win, the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, is celebrating a panda miracle of its own. 22-year-old giant panda Mei Xiang was thought to be too old to have a cub but gave birth to Xiao Qi Ji, or “little miracle” in August. Now, he’s making his first public debut. If you want to see the adorable young cub, get to the National Zoo ASAP; when he turns four, Xiao Qi Ji will be shipping out to live with his siblings, Bei Bei, Bao Bao, and Tai Shan, in China.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has set a new conservation standard, called the IUCN green status of species. This standard will not only suggest how close a species is to extinction but also how close it is to recovering its original population size and health. […]
As IFAW recently explained, no matter where you live—the valleys of the Himalayas, the Melbourne coastline, or the landlocked prairies of Kentucky—more than 50% of the air you breathe is produced by the ocean. Yet the ocean makes much of that oxygen thanks to little marine organisms called phytoplankton and the marvels of whale poop. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Rivers and lakes across Northwestern states — from Yellowstone to Montana — have lost most of their trout, due to extreme drought conditions. Because of this, state authorities have implemented a variety of restrictions to preserve their dwindling trout populations, leaving recreational fly fishers in the lurch. Why This […]
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