60 panda cubs were born in captivity in 2019, 57 of which survived, thus bringing the population of pandas in captivity to 600 worldwide, said Tuesday the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.
The administration made the figure public during a meeting on the topic of giant panda breeding, technologies, and related research, kicked off Tuesday in the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The increasing number of pandas in captivity has shown that over the years a healthy captive population has been formed.
The administration added that research on wild giant pandas is making progress.
Meanwhile, research and breeding institutions for giant pandas, including the Chengdu Research Center, are further promoting the technology and innovation of panda breeding and building key laboratories for the conservation of endangered wildlife, as well as establishing research partnerships with international organizations.
Zhang Zhihe, director of the panda research center, said the center will be expanded and will continue to focus on improving scientific research and panda protection.
Less than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mainly in Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces.
Topic: panda worldwide population, the population of the panda in captivity