Panda Updates – Monday, November 11
Giant pandas were once found throughout a wide range of southern and eastern China, as well as some parts of Vietnam. Unfortunately, their range has been significantly reduced to small, isolated regions found in just a few provinces in China. This issue is the result of human threats such as habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. Certain conservation groups, along with the help of the Chinese government, have done a lot to try and rectify this serious problem that giant pandas face. One important solution to tackle this issue is through the creation of wildlife corridors. Wildlife corridors link fragmented areas to one another, making it easier for an individual to find another of the same species during breeding season or to find a nutritionally sufficient source of bamboo. It is important to remember that although giant panda numbers have been on the rise, conservation efforts like building more wildlife corridors are imperative as humans continue to build more roadways and other developments that impede their survival.
Source: World Wildlife Fund
Keeper I, Mammals