Protecting pandas does not benefit the neighbors

Faced with the alarming situation that the giant panda found itself in in the late 1970s (with only 1,000 specimens left in the wild), several conservation strategies were adopted to save this symbolic animal from the “Celestial Empire”. More than 60 areas have been classified as “protected” in order to preserve the habitat. The mission was a success: there are now twice as many pandas in the wild as there were in 1970, and as of 2016 the species is no longer considered “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but still remains vulnerable.

When the happiness of some does not make others happy…

Is victory synonymous with good news for biodiversity? Not necessarily, warns a group of Chinese and American researchers specializing in ecology and ecosystem protection. In a study published August 3, 2020 in the journal Ecology of nature and evolutionthe latter specify that the ranges of 4 large predators living next to pandas: leopards, wolves, snow leopards and wolves – the Asian wild dog – have significantly decreased!

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