Success: Giant Panda Population Growing

Giant Panda

Target: China’s State Forestry Administration Minister Jia Zhibang

Goal: Praise the Chinese government for conservation efforts leading to a rise in giant panda populations.

China’s giant panda population has grown by 268 thanks to ongoing conservation efforts by the country’s government. The rapid industrialization of the nation, rampant pollution, and the nature of these gentle bears has made it difficult for conservationists to get their numbers up, but the hard work of both government agencies and environmentalist groups supporting them is finally paying off.

Most of the country’s giant pandas are living within its many nature reserves, which have increase substantially in recent years to 67. Because of the designation of these extra reserves, there are now 1,864 giant pandas to be found in China, according to the most recent survey. Wildlife protection groups like the Chinese chapter of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) are celebrating the news of this gain and are crediting the increase in nature reserves while also cautioning that continuing infrastructure development continues to threaten this fragile species.

There were a lot of people who were convinced that giant pandas couldn’t be saved no matter how hard we tried. However, thanks to pressure from animal conservation advocates, including from petitions like ForceChange’s Protect Endangered Giant Panda Bears, the Chinese government was spurred into action. Sign to thank China’s State Forestry Administration for acting to save the giant pandas from extinction.


Dear Minister Zhibang,

Giant panda populations are finally on the rise thanks to efforts from your department to implement dozens of new nature reserves that protect these vulnerable bears from human activity. I understand that giant pandas are a fragile species that are easily effected by loss of habitat that comes from spreading human infrastructure like hydroelectric dams and paved roads. I appreciate you doing everything you can to keep these gentle giants from going extinct.

Your latest survey shows that the giant panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864. This is an essential victory for a species that has so much trouble breeding in captivity and has been a target of poaching. Many people thought that giant pandas couldn’t be saved, but it appears that they were wrong.

Conservationists and their supporters have been working for many years to stop the decline of giant panda populations, and it looks like all that work is paying off. You’ve provided proof that giant panda bears can not only be saved, but their numbers can recover, if we only put in enough effort and make sure they have enough space to thrive. Thank you for listening to the people and doing your part in protecting this iconic species from disappearing forever.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tim Evanson via Flickr


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