According to a recent report (second link below), the panda populations are stable, but by no means safe. There are an estimated 1,600 great pandas in the wild, and another 180 were bred in captivity (not just last year, but in the total amount of time we’ve been trying to breed them in captivity). Habitat destruction is a major threat to pandas, and China’s ever-increasing and ever-expanding population is moving in to panda territory. Because of this, pandas are having a hard time finding mates outside their individual areas, which threatens to eliminate the wild panda population. Pandas mate so infrequently in the wild that, according to a representative for the World Wildlife Fund in Beijing, “[the panda] may face extinction within two or three generations.” So by no means is the panda population safe right now.
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