There are as few as 1,600 pandas remain in the wild today. Help us halt the decline in panda numbers.

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This charismatic and universally-loved species – the symbol of our organisation – is one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.

Once spread throughout China, northern Vietnam and northern Burma - but now the giant panda is only found in the wild in just six isolated mountain ranges.

Three-quarters of all wild pandas now live in nature reserves – but despite this, they’re still endangered. Nearly half of all wild pandas were lost between the early 1970s and the late 1990s – mainly owing to habitat destruction and poaching. Habitat loss and fragmentation are still the main threats today.

Scientific name
Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Location
Six isolated mountain ranges in Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan Provinces, south-central China
Habitat
Mountain forests
Wild population
Around 1,600
Extinction risk
Endangered
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Since we started our work in China in the 1980s, the amount of panda habitat that’s protected has increased and threats such as poaching and illegal logging have significantly decreased.

There are now 62 nature reserves covering nearly 60% of the pandas’ range and 75% of the wild panda population. Our aim is to expand and connect more forests so that pandas can safely roam further.