Good news! More pandas! Seven panda cubs, all born in 2012, at the Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu, in southwestern China's Sichuan province (AP photos)
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Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.

That is according to the latest census of the animals. A census is the taking of a count of a population.

This one was taken by China's State Forestry Administration. It shows the panda population has grown by 268. The total is 1,864. The last survey ended in 2003.

Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The remaining pandas have been found in the neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

The panda population rise "is a victory for conservation and definitely one to celebrate," said Ginette Hemley. She is senior vice president of wildlife conservation for World Wildlife Fund.

Hemley credits efforts by the Chinese government for the increase. The survey shows 1,246 wild giant pandas live within nature reserves. There are 67 panda reserves in China. That is an increase of 27 since the last survey.

The survey also points to economic development as a main threat to the rare animal. It says 319 hydropower stations and 832 miles of roads have been built in the giant panda's habitat.

WWF said it is the first time that large-scale projects such as mining and railroads get referenced in the survey. Traditional threats such as poaching are on the decline, WWF noted.

China began surveying its giant pandas in the 1970s. The latest census began in 2011. It took three years to complete.

The number of giant pandas in captivity grew by 211. That is more than double the previous survey figure, according to the census.

Critical thinking challenge: Why is it important for China to count its pandas?

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COMMENTS (19)
  • LylaH-1
    3/19/2015 - 10:20 p.m.

    The panda population has been growing increasingly according to the latest census of the animals. Taken by China's State Forestry Administration, it shows the panda population has grown by 268. The total is 1,864. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The survey shows 1,246 wild giant pandas live within nature reserves. There are 67 panda reserves in China. That is an increase of 27 since the last survey. Traditional threats such as poaching are on the decline, WWF noted. More and more pandas are being born. I think it's amazing that pandas, a slightly endangered species are gaining more of their kind.

  • jakyah
    3/20/2015 - 10:04 a.m.

    It's important for China to count its pandas because if some of the pandas went missing and China didn't count they wouldn't know that the pandas where gone.

  • emrar-boo
    3/20/2015 - 11:24 a.m.

    It is important for China to count it's pandas because if we don't, we wouldn't realize if they are endangered or not. According to the latest census of the pandas, they have actually increased in population.

  • NoahH-Mau
    3/26/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    Yes! more cute pandas
    7 pandas were born
    the population has grown by 268


    from: hogie

  • destineyp66
    3/30/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    I love pandas so I am happy that the population is growing. There are 67 panda reserves in China. That is an increase of 27 since the last survey. I think we should start helping animals like the panda. The panda is a very smart animal. If i could i would try to save all kinds of animals but my favorite animal is the panda. What is your favorite animals?

  • dianav-Cut
    3/31/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    I am so happy that there are more pandas are coming to life , but I also hope that there is more fool for them.

  • dianav-Cut
    3/31/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    I am so happy that there are more pandas are coming to life , but I also hope that there is more fool for them.

  • kaylawi-Mag
    4/07/2015 - 12:27 p.m.

    This story touched my heart. this is such a well... I don't have the words. oh I know this is such a good,loving,heart touching,cute,beloved story ever. I think I can read this over and over again. this is really good news this might save the pandas from the endangered species list .

  • JaydrianR1212
    5/08/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    These pandas are laying down in bed but, they are baby pandas. They are so cute. I saw them in the zoo when I'm second grade. I like to see them!

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