Official claims giant pandas becoming less endangered

17:17, November 03, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Yin Hong, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration; Liu Kun, deputy governor of Guangdong Province; Chen Guo, vice mayor of Guangzhou, and Su Zhigang, chairman of the Chimelong Group, attended the launching ceremony for the Asian Games giant panda group. Yin said that China's giant pandas are gradually becoming less endangered.

The world's oldest giant panda lives in Guangzhou

Among the 12 giant pandas, six were introduced from Ya'an City in Sichuan Province, and are only a little more than 1 year old. They have quickly adapted to life in Guangzhou. In the Asian Games giant panda group, there are two giant pandas whose ages are equivalent to 120-year-old humans. They were born in 1974 and 1977, and called Dong Dong and Ming Ming, respectively.

"After consulting a number of books, we are sure that Dong Dong, who was born in 1974, is the oldest giant panda in zoos. In addition, wild giant pandas cannot survive more than 30 years. Therefore, we can say Dong Dong is the world's oldest giant panda at present," experts said.

Giant pandas are gradually becoming less endangered

Yin said that China has currently established 62 giant panda nature reserves, covering 60 percent of their habitat and 70 percent of wild giant pandas. At present, there are 300 giant pandas in captivity and they are gradually becoming less endangered.

By People's Daily Online


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion