The Endangered and the cutest black-and-white bears will have their home in Giant Panda National Park spread across the southwestern province of Sichuan.
The new home to over 80% of wild pandas is spread in the area about three times the size of Yellowstone National Park (over 10,476 square miles).
The vast space connects China’s fragmented panda populations. Tourism is limited to a few general control zones and the rest of the Giant Panda National Park is preserved for exclusive panda use.
Pandas’ thread-level was changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in 2016 by the IUCN Red List. The populations have grown significantly but because of construction, agriculture and natural disasters, China’s pandas have a very limited habitable land.
The Giant Panda National Park is connecting China’s panda populations, which used to be scattered across six mountain ranges in western China.
Funding for the project was guaranteed by the state-owned Bank of China. About $1.5 billion was spent to ensure the species’ long-term survival with a steady supply of bamboo.
Apart from the benefit the park is bringing to pandas, it will ensure the space for more than 8,000 kinds of wildlife.