China to launch panda census

June 27, 2011
A giant panda cub plays at the enclosure at the Giant Panda Research and Conservation Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province in March 2011. China is set to launch its once-a-decade panda census, state media reported, as it tries to determine how many of the endangered animals live in the wild amid efforts to boost numbers.

China is set to launch its once-a-decade panda census, state media reported Monday, as it tries to determine how many of the endangered animals live in the wild amid efforts to boost numbers.

Around 70 trackers are currently being trained at the Wanglang National Reserve in the southwestern province of Sichuan, believed to have the largest number of wild pandas in China, the official Xinhua news agency said.

They are expected to finish their training in the next several days and will then start a nationwide , the report quoted Yang Xuyu, an official with the provincial forestry administration, as saying.

The trackers will collect droppings for , which will allow zoologists to track individual pandas and estimate the number of the living in the wild, the report said.

The census -- the fourth since it was first launched in the 1970s -- is also expected to ascertain pandas' living conditions, ages and any change in habitat.

According to the previous panda count a decade ago, there are 1,596 pandas left in the wild in , with 1,206 of them living in Sichuan.

Explore further: China panda population stable: report

Related Stories

China panda population stable: report

September 19, 2009

China's wild panda population has remained stable despite last year's Sichuan earthquake that damaged key areas of the endangered species' habitat, state press said Saturday.

Pandas to return to famous China reserve in 2012

September 20, 2009

(AP) -- Sixty pandas relocated last year from a famous Chinese nature reserve after their breeding center was severely damaged by a massive earthquake will return home after repairs in 2012.

China to train pandas to survive in wild

May 20, 2010

(AP) -- China plans to build a center where giant pandas born in captivity will be trained to survive in the wild, state media reported Thursday.

China launches global search for six panda keepers

August 17, 2010

A Chinese panda centre said Tuesday it had launched a global search for six people who would spend a month looking after the endangered animals, as part of an awareness and conservation campaign.

Recommended for you

Genomes uncover life's early history

August 24, 2015

A University of Manchester scientist is part of a team which has carried out one of the biggest ever analyses of genomes on life of all forms.

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades

August 25, 2015

In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn't seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers ...

Why a mutant rice called Big Grain1 yields such big grains

August 24, 2015

(Phys.org)—Rice is one of the most important staple crops grown by humans—very possibly the most important in history. With 4.3 billion inhabitants, Asia is home to 60 percent of the world's population, so it's unsurprising ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.