Saving the pandas

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As some of you may know, there are fewer than 1,600 pandas in the wild. Well, that's according to WWF. You're probably thinking, 'why do pandas matter'? Like almost every other animal, pandas play a vital role in the world, especially in forests. They need to eat anywhere from 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo daily. They help spread seeds and aid the growth of vegetation.

Pandas are endangered partly because of their lack of reproduction. They have 2-3 days in the spring when they are actually able become pregnant. It's not that easy to find a partner in only a couple of days. The main reason they are endangered is due to habitat destruction. Their homes in China are getting destroyed because China is a fast-growing population. Forests are the first thing to go, which eliminates a lot of panda's food sources.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are two giant pandas who are members of the National Zoo. They are under a Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement that was signed between the China Wildlife and the zoo. Mei Xiang gave birth to a panda cub this year. You can check out the panda came here. The panda cub is adorable!

There is good news for giant pandas-- they are growing in numbers.  Over the past 10 years, captive breeding success rates have increased dramatically. There are a lot of contributing factors such as swapping success. When female pandas give birth to twins, they only care for one of them. Through human help, twins are now both being saved because one will be swapped out of the nursery regularly.

A lot of science and human contribution is what is saving these pandas right now. Do you think it's okay for humans/scientific research to be involved with animals and nature? They are doing a good thing and I'm really happy about it, so I definitely think what they're doing is more than okay. But I know there are some people out there who think human involvement is completely wrong. Should humans step in when animals are becoming extinct?

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I know many species today are on the brink of extinction, but was not aware of Pandas. In your post, it seems you are a panda lover and advocate. I admire your fight for the pandas, but I wish this blog post gave the reader who may also agree with you some advice as to how we can make a difference in the prevention of the extinction of this beautiful animal. I also would have liked to see a more anecdotal piece to this article. Since you are discussing a more environmental issue in the political world, it would have hit home harder with a personal experience of saving pandas. Without it, this blog post sadly will be something to brush over and not worth examine costs and benefits.
But, since you presented this... I will present the opposing side to your argument. An article from the CBBC Newsround says that millions of dollars have been invested in saving the pandas, and only truly in China have these efforts become a success. Whenever released into the wild, none of them have survived. This leads finance experts to believe putting so much investment into these animals may be a waste. As of now, a quarter of mammals are at threat to extinction. Although everyone would love to save the pandas, money and time perhaps should be invested in other animals.

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