Giant pandas are no longer classified as 'endangered'. We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. Intensive conservation efforts have helped the numbers of wild giant pandas to bounce back, downgrading the animals from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable', Scientists expect the giant panda's habitat and main source or food - bamboo forests - to shrink in the coming decades in response to the shifting climate. “Conservation action does work and we have increasing evidence of it. Pandas have been sent to zoos around the world as a gesture of Chinese diplomatic goodwill, with births in captivity seen as a cause for celebration. “Therefore, we’re not being alarmist by continuing to emphasize the panda species’ endangered status.”. But the WWF, whose logo has been a panda since 1961, celebrated the panda's re-classification, saying it proved that aggressive investment does pay off 'when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together.'. It might not be a name familiar to the US market, but Naim is a legendary British brand hoping to make a splash with the American launch of its $1499 Mu:So speaker. The downgrade in risk status follows decades of intensive conservation efforts to boost numbers of the wild bears in southern China. International groups and the Chinese government has worked to save wild pandas and breed them at enormous cost, attracting criticism that money could be better spent saving other animals facing extinction. warned that climate change could destroy more than 35 percent of the animal’s bamboo habitat in the next 80 years, leaving its future in doubt. AI seems to permeate every part of its software, from the ability to answer calls for you to being able to almost perfectly predict your morning commute. “To see the Eastern gorilla — one of our closest cousins — slide toward extinction is truly distressing,” Inger Andersen, the Director General of the I.U.C.N. iPad Pro review: Apple takes the tablet to new heights (at a price), The small smart display with big potential: Google Home Hub review, 'Good enough for most people': iPhone XR review, The Pixel 3 outsmarts the iPhone (IF you trust Google with all your information), Bigger and better in every way: Apple's XS really does take the iPhone to the Max, The $250 beauty device that works like 'Photoshop for your face', iOS 12 review: The update that really will improve your iPhone, Naim Atom: The hifi that will change the way you listen to music, The $1,000 wireless speaker that really IS worth the price: Naim Mu-so Qb review, The hi-tech $2,000 spin bike that really could change your life, The best all in one wireless speaker you'll ever hear: Naim Mu-so review. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. No Giant Pandas are not extinct. Humans reach their 'cognitive peak' where their brain is its most powerful at the age of 35 - but the mind... NASA prepares to touch down and take a rock sample from the asteroid Bennu TOMORROW. The panda’s new designation is “vulnerable.”.