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The giant panda is a so-called conservation reliant vulnerable species. For many years the panda was considered endangered, but in March 2015, the wild giant panda population increased by 268, or 16.8%, totalling to 1,864 individuals. In 2016, the IUCN reclassified the species from "endangered" to "vulnerable”. That’s good news, but the giant panda population is still far from healthy.
Habitat loss and extremely poor reproductive skills are the main reasons the panda is struggling. A fortune is being spent every year to save the panda, and it’s only because of the incredible cuteness factor of this charismatic animal that the conservation efforts have been succesful.
It was a real joy to watch these funny creatures in real life, and it reminded me of this important piece of oriental wisdom:
Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a panda,
then be a panda.
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If you would like to photograph giant pandas yourself, then check out our China’s Endangered Wildlife photo tour: http://www.squiver.com/tours-workshops/china-wildlife-2017/
Not only will we photograph these über cute animals, we will also photograph the endangered Golden snub-nosed monkeys and Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys in their beautiful forest habitat. These monkeys are incredibly photogenic and funny looking, and this is the first and only tour in the world that offers you this opportunity.
So if you’re done photographing elephants, lions, bears, foxes and eagles, and you’re in for something truly unique, then this will get you the shots very few other people have.
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