Reserve to Conduct Wild Panda Census
For years now, China has been counting their population and has the largest poplulation of any country in the World at 1.34 billion. After the census of its human population, China is turning its eye to its wild pandas with plan to do census for the panda population in the wild once every ten years
Sixty trackers are currently being trained at the Wanglang National Reserve, where they believe to be the largest population of wild pandas. The trackers will be collecting the pandas’ droppings and using it for DNA analysis, which will allow the zoologists to track each panda individually thereby allowing them to determine an estimated population.
The census will also reveal the pandas living conditions, age and habitat changes of the endangered species. Wild pandas are currently under threat of losing their habitat and poaching. They are also poor breeders, a female panda usually bears a cub once every two or three years. Fertility rates of captured pandas are even lower.
The Wanglang National Reserve will be conducting a trial survey at its own reservation in early July before they conduct a nationwide panda census.