China plans panda preserve 3 times size of Yellowstone

2017-03-31 21:22
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Beijing - China is planning to create a preserve for the giant panda that will be three times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the western US.

The panda preserve will link parts of three western provinces to provide an unbroken range for the endangered animals in which they can meet and mate in the interests of enriching their gene pool, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xinhua said about 170 000 people will have to be moved elsewhere to make way for the 27134km2 preserve.

Giant pandas are China's unofficial national mascot and live mainly in the mountains of Sichuan, with some in neighbouring Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. An estimated 1 864 live in the wild, where they are threatened chiefly with habitat loss and another 200 in captivity.

Residents of the future park area will be offered homes and jobs...some as guides. Although they had lived in the area for generations, they were disrupting the lives of the pandas with their bamboo harvesting and livestock grazing, Xinhua said.

Preservation of the species was further hindered by provincial borders between Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi that enforced different standards on protected land.

The new preserve will merge 67 smaller reserves for pandas and protect another 8 000 endangered animals and plants.


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