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Giant pandas no longer 'endangered' in China, says survey

Giant panda Mei Xiang resting in her enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Through its 'rent-a-panda' captive breeding programme, China has also loaned some bears to zoos abroad in exchange for cash, and reinvested that money in conservation efforts.


DECADES of conservation work in China have paid off for the giant panda, whose status was upgraded on Sunday from "endangered" to "vulnerable" due to a population rebound, officials said.

The improvement for the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) was announced as part of...

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