People are quick to realise and acknowledge when a species of animal becomes endangered or ultimately extinct but do we celebrate when they are taken off the list of endangerment?


Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General said that, ‘For over 50 years, the giant panda has been the globe’s most beloved conservation icon as well as the symbol of WWF. Knowing that the panda is now a step further from extinction is an exciting moment for everyone committed to conserving the world’s wildlife and their habitats’.


No longer is the giant panda listed as ‘endangered’ but as ‘vulnerable’ and the amount of reserves for pandas has now increased to 67 which can now protect two-thirds of all wild pandas.


Although the giant panda’s population is rising slowly but surely many other species are under a lot of threat one of these include the Eastern Gorilla which is ultimately only one step away from extinction predominantly due to cruel poaching.


WWF, (the World Wildlife fund’s) logo is of a giant panda and was designed by naturalist and painter Sir Peter Scott in 1961. WWF have always been recognized for a playing a significant role in government initiatives to save and help giant panda’s in their habitats and to help sustain their lives in the wild and this has certainly been accomplished