FAQ About the Departure
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No. After more than 25 years on the endangered species list, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced the giant panda was downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the global list of species at risk of extinction.
Although they are difficult to count in the wild, scientists believe there are about 1,864 individuals living in scattered populations in central China, along with several hundred more in human care. The largest threat to giant panda survival is habitat destruction.
The Zoo’s collaborative efforts with Chinese partners to conserve giant pandas in the wild and contributions to the science of building and growing healthy populations of giant pandas in human care over the past five decades directly contributed to this momentous conservation milestone.