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The findings provide vital information about the quality of panda habitat - including the status of the bamboo forest and the amount of human disturbance - and important info about the communities in the areas where pandas live. This helps us identify where there are links between human activities and the threats that pandas face.

The new report has also discovered that 1,246 wild giant pandas live inside China's 67 nature reserves, accounting for 66.8% of the total wild population size and 53.8% of the total habitat area. And their range has increased to 2,577,000 hectares, an expansion of 11.8% since 2003.

This is good news as it means our conservation efforts are working.

But of course giant pandas still face many threats, some of which are growing worse - including road construction, dams and hydropower, mining operations and mass tourism. So whilst today's news is really encouraging there's lots of work still to be done, and the continued existence of the giant panda in the wild is far from secure.

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