Where Do Pandas Live?
The giant panda has once spread across the watersheds of Yangzi River, Yellow River and Pearl River, ranging from Beijing suburbs to Guangdong area, even Southeast Asia. Now we can only see them in ranges of Qinling Mountains, Min Mountains, Qionglai Mountains, Liang Mountains, and Xiangling Mountains.
According to the 4th National Investigation on the Giant Panda, there are only 1,864 pandas living in the wild, where 80% of them reside in Sichuan Province. Ranging across the 49 prefectures of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu, giant panda’s habitats cover a total area of 258 million hectares. By 2014, 67 natural reserves have been established across the country for pandas, 27 more than there were during the 3rd investigation. However, 46.2% of the habitats, accommodating 33.2% of the entire population, still exist outside natural reserves. Habitat isolation and threats to smaller communities call for responsibility of the people to protect.
By 2015, there are 425 reared giant pandas across the world. Among all the protection bases, only 4 have constantly reared more than 10 individuals, namely Bifengxia Panda Base, Chengdu Panda Base, Shaanxi Wild Animal Breeding and Protection Center, and Beijing Zoo. Beside, giant pandas are also living in more than 40 other rearing sites, including Shirahama Adventure World in Wakayama, and Atlanta Zoo.