29 May '16, 7am

Giant #panda may shed 'endangered' status as numbers increase: Report

Giant #panda may shed 'endangered' status as numbers increase: Report

HONG KONG - The giant panda may be reclassified from "endangered" to "vulnerable" as the species’ population in the wild increases, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported on Sunday (May 29), citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) was considering changing the universally-loved animal's ranking on its red list of threatened species, the source was cited as saying by the Post. IUCN is the leading authority on the extinction risk facing the world’s threatened species, and classifies the danger into seven categories. The giant panda was first listed as an endangered species in 1990. Currently, the panda is deemed at high risk of dying off in the wild, although the review could see it moved down one rung, to “high risk of endangerment”, the source said. A scientific assessmen...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/giant-panda-ma...

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