After 25 Years, Pandas’ Status On The Endangered Species List Finally Shifts

In news sure to cheer animal-lovers everywhere, the big ol' roly-poly black and white panda has been taken off the endangered list.

They're now classified as "vulnerable," which still isn't great, but better than before. They had been on the endangered list for more than a quarter of a century.

The big guys from China still need our help. Only 1,900 pandas are left in the wild, and about 2,000 in total, according to

Photo by RickWeiss

According to Newsy, the World Wildlife Fund credits the Chinese government for establishing reserves such as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Founded in 1987, the nonprofit research and breeding center has become very important to the survival of the panda.

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. The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity. ?Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General.

Check out the World Wildlife Fund to find out how you can help.

Feature photo by kevin dooley