Giant pandas are no longer endangered in China — but keeping the adorable furballs protected isn’t all black and white, officials in the country said this week.
The bamboo-munching bear was reclassified from “endangered” to “vulnerable” with 1,800 of the animals outside of captivity — after a beefed-up conservation effort helped revive their population, according to The Guardian.
The encouraging news is a result of “improved living conditions and China’s efforts in keeping their habitats integrated,” said Cui Shuhong, head of the environment ministry’s department of nature and ecology conservation.
In recent years, China has replanted bamboo forests to help provide the animals with a food source, according to officials.
Giant pandas are no longer endangered in China, according to officials in the country.AFP via Getty Images
Animal lovers in China took to the social media site Weibo to cheer the “Wonderful, wonderful news” — adding that, “It shows all the efforts have been paid off.”
But another observer quickly