It’s natural for species to go extinct. The world is changing. However, species are going extinct at a rate that so far surpasses the natural rate we can’t help but look at the causes. However, not every species in danger ends up extinct. Not all species go quietly into the night! These species took a look at extinction and took a pass on it.
1. Giant Panda
The giant panda is one of the most well known and iconic animals throughout the world. However, it’s also been an animal who has had their population under attack throughout the decades and appeared like they were potentially heading towards a possible extinction. Details of the giant panda are of course well known. Their diet consisting almost entirely of bamboo means they have very specific habitats and have to
Cause for Near Extinction
The giant panda was an easy target for extinction. Because of their diet consisting almost entirely of bamboo, they are limited to their habitat. Realistically they need to spend almost their entire day eating more food. China’s population boom starting around 1950 resulted in a lot of habitat getting eaten up by the industrial machine required to support that kind of large population. Additionally, pandas are slow matters. This has been proven in zoos but also shown in the wild. This naturally means they aren’t prone to fast population booms and need a slow growth. Pandas were also sadly hunted quite commonly. Their warm fur was cherished and used by a lot of people. It’s thought the panda population dropped to around only 1000 pandas.
Reasons for Recovery
The reason for the Panda recovery is almost entirely due to the Chinese government. Since the panda is so intrinsically linked with Chinese culture, they needed to make some changes to help the panda thrive, if only for their international appearance. The Chinese government set up a reserve to try to save the panda population back in 1958 which wasn’t particularly successful. However, Panda reserves continue to grow in numbers. Between 1980 and 2006, reserves more than tripled in number up to 40. This jump showed the commitment of the government to help out their panda population.
The government also passed other laws to help assist the panda population. They relocated humans that had houses in their panda reserves. They also instituted gun control across China. While their goal for this wasn’t panda related, it did help keep guns out of the hands of those who may choose to hunt them. The panda population has continued to grow in the wild and in zoos. This has taken the panda from endangered to simply “vulnerable”.