The Margin: Giant pandas declared no longer endangered

Giant pandas and their fans got some good news Sunday, as the World Wildlife Fund announced the beloved black-and-white bears are no longer considered endangered.

Thanks to decades of conservation efforts, the WWF said the giant panda’s status as a species had been downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the organizations’ Red List of Threatened Species. The world’s giant panda population, native to China’s bamboo forests, grew 17% in the past decade, the WWF said, with 1,864 counted in the wild in 2014.

“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,” WWF Director General Marco Lambertini said in a statement.

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