IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Lü, Z, Wang, D. & Garshelis, D.L. (IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group)
McLellan, B.N. & Garshelis, D.L. (Bear Red List Authority)
Loucks, C. assisted with range mapping
Even if the most recent range wide survey underestimated total population size, as claimed by some researchers (Zhan et al. 2006), there seems to be little doubt that there are less than 2,500 mature giant pandas in the wild; additionally each population is believed to have less than 250 mature individuals. At least until recently there has been a general population decline, although there is hope that this has been reversed by general habitat improvements — nevertheless, this remains an uncertainty. Thus, this species is still considered endangered under criterion C (but no longer under criterion B).
- 1994Endangered(Groombridge 1994)
- 1990Endangered(IUCN 1990)
- 1988Rare(IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
- 1986Rare(IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)
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