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Conservation International gets support from Dreamworks Animation to protect giant pandas
Date:11/10/2008

n the planet, the giant panda is also among the world's most threatened species. There are fewer than 1,600 giant pandas in the wild today and the primary threat to the giant panda's continued survival is the destruction of its natural habitat.

CI's conservation efforts seek to understand this threat and to implement a long-lasting plan to protect the giant panda. To help pandas survive, their forest habitats must be protected, connected, and managed in a way that allows for panda health and reproduction, as well as human development and well-being. Particularly in light of the current humanitarian crisis following the recent earthquake in Sichuan and the series of tragic aftershocks, it is critical that conservation strategies serve to support, benefit, and create opportunity for local communities.

CI's plan involves the following efforts:

  • The Giant Panda Survival Plan This comprehensive strategy consists of short- and long-term goals, reaching out as far as 200 years. Planned accomplishments include protecting 100 percent of known panda habitat, providing better protection programs to the reserves, developing at least 12 "conservation corridors" to connect habitats, and creating a comprehensive panda population monitoring plan.

  • The Panda Alliance This network of leading conservation groups, academics, government agencies, private corporations, and local communities will work to protect habitat, establish a panda guardian program, involve local communities, promote the benefits of panda conservation, and more.

  • Inspiring Action Through effective working relationships with public and private-sector partners, CI will inform the public about the plight of the panda and what it can do to help.


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Contact: Marshall Maher
mmaher@conservation.org
703-341-2623
Conservation International
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